Suicidal man threatens to jump from Burnley rail bridge

A 36-year-old man who tried to jump off a railway bridge was talked down by a member of the public.

Saturday, 13th May 2017, 10:59 am
Updated Monday, 15th May 2017, 9:36 am
Police rushed to the scene

Police were called to Burnley Manchester Road railway station just after 8pm last night (Friday) following reports of a man threatening to jump off the bridge. On arrival, the officers found a public member had managed to talk him down to safety.

Insp. John Fryer, of Burnley Police, said: "It was good of this person to help. We always warn the public not to put themselves in danger, however, if you see anyone in crisis, then you would do anything to help, obviously safeguarding yourself from any harm."

The man was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital.