Heavy police and fire presence on Ipswich Waterfront as teams deal with sensitive incident

Police were called to the Waterfront last night. Image: PeterCutts

Police were called to the Waterfront last night. Image: PeterCutts - Credit: citizenside.com

Police were called to the Ipswich Waterfront last night at around 12.30am to reports of a man threatening to throw himself off a building.

Three police cars, two fire engines and four ambulances were at the scene.

Witnesses reported torchlights searching buildings along the Waterfront.

The man was talked down and the incident was resolved by 1.45am.

A police spokesman said: “Fire crews came to support police if something were to happen but the man came down voluntarily.”

Earlier in the evening emergency services were called to a seperate incident at a disused railway bridge across the River Orwell in Ipswich.

Members of the public said they had seen a man at the top of the crossing.

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Police were called at about 5.45pm by several people concerned for the welfare of the man on the bridge, near the Penta Hotel on Ranelagh Road.

Officers called for the fire service and the East of England Ambulance Trust to attend, while talking to the man on the bridge.

A spokesman said: “While talking to him he fell off the bridge and was extricated from the river by the fire service and taken to hospital. He is not believed to be in a serious condition.”

Police have said the incidents are seperate and not linked.