Police persuade man not to jump

POLICE officers successfully coaxed down a man who appeared ready to throw himself from the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich.The man was spotted on the bridge shortly after 9pm yesterday.

POLICE officers successfully coaxed down a man who appeared ready to throw himself from the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich.

The man was spotted on the bridge shortly after 9pm yesterday.

Within half an hour police had been joined by the force helicopter, Holbrook and Felixstowe coastguard and the Harwich in-shore lifeboat in an operation to prevent another fatality from the bridge.

The man was eventually removed from the bridge by police.

Last night's rescue comes less than three weeks after Adam Gunner threw himself to his death from the bridge.

The 25-year-old from Berners Street, Ipswich, was spotted sitting on the parapets late on March 26. His body was recovered from the river, 150ft below.

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He became the 21st person to fall to their death from the Orwell Bridge since it opened in 1982.

Phones have been installed on the bridge by The Samaritans to give people a chance to talk about their problems and think twice about ending their lives.

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