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City centre road closed after man threatens to jump from bridge

By Dayna Farrington | Birmingham | News | Published:

A busy Birmingham city centre road was closed after a man threatened to jump from a bridge.

Smallbrook Queensway, in Birmingham city centre, was closed on Saturday night after a man threatened to jump from a bridge. Photo: Google Maps

Emergency services rushed to the scene of the incident in Smallbrook Queensway, near Birmingham New Street station and the Bullring, at around 6.30pm on Saturday night.

It caused traffic chaos in the city centre, with severe congestion on the streets surrounding Smallbrook Queensway, and a number of bus services diverted around the scene.

Smallbrook Queensway and Dudley Street were cordoned off for around three hours during the incident.

A trained negotiator was called in and the man was safely brought down from the bridge at around 9.30pm.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "Police were called to reports of a man threatening to jump from a bridge near Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham city centre, around 6.30pm on Saturday.

"A trained negotiator was called and the man safely came down just before 9.30pm. He was taken for a health assessment."

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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