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M1 Reopens After Suicidal Man Talked Down

Tuesday January 10 2012

POLICE negotiators were called to a motorway bridge in Barnsley earlier as a man threatened to jump.

The move caused the busy stretch of the M1 to be closed in both directions from early this morning (January 10.)

Police have confirmed the man has now come down from the bridge and has been detained - but he is safe and well.

The incident happened at the motorway bridge near Higham, bringing traffic to a standstill.

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Reply Posted by Maximize10 on Tuesday January 10 2012 at 11:24
Must have felt desperate, hope he gets the treatment he needs!

Reply Posted by Guestymcguest on Tuesday January 10 2012 at 11:55
Sad times when people feel they have to resort to this. We live in a world of pressure.

Hope he gets help and turns his life around.

Reply Posted by Karen Francis Milne on Tuesday January 10 2012 at 12:04
Thats so sad hope the poor man gets help asap

Reply Posted by Jan on Tuesday January 10 2012 at 12:05
thses are bad times must have felt so desperate hope his family take himinto their care

Reply Posted by Tuttyshaz on Tuesday January 10 2012 at 14:52
no dis respect to the man,,,,obviously dont know his problems. but if u resort 2 this you dont stand there thinkin about it...you just do it. the poor guy obviously did it for attention. an by god has he got it after puttin barnsley, darton and surrounding areas to a stand still....

Reply Posted by Mark on Tuesday January 10 2012 at 15:05
the pratt should have done it cos he  made a lot of us late for work
he might have problems (havent we all) but why involve other ppl get the attention somewhere  where it dont affect hundreds of ppl

Reply Posted by sponge767 on Tuesday January 10 2012 at 15:26
I understand this must have been a desperate thing to do and he wouldnt have been in a sensible frame of mind but he literally put south yorkshire to a standstill. I work in safeguarding and missed a home visit becasue of this which could have put a child at risk.
And if he had have jumped imagine the emotional turmoil of the poor driver who would have hit him.

Reply Posted by Shortd1 on Tuesday January 10 2012 at 16:06
Why not try and get to know more about mental illness and depression before you make such a callous statement. I hope to god you never have to suffer with it but it can affect anyone at any time. People who are suffering can't make rational decisions and I doubt very much if he was in a right state of mind he would want to be perched on a motorway bridge. 

Reply Posted by Brenda on Tuesday January 10 2012 at 16:35
Barnsley & District Samaritans is a confidential and non-judgemental service for people who are in distress or despair, or who have suicidal feelings.

We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just ring 01226 202222.
You can email us: jo@samaritans.org or you can text us: 07725 909090.


Reply Posted by Tattooedbetty on Tuesday January 10 2012 at 16:47
There's definitely a lot of ignorant people around...........1 in 4 people suffer from a mental health issue at some point in their life.........that's a lot of people, one day it could very well be one of you ill informed people above or someone close to you.

Reply Posted by Debbie on Tuesday January 10 2012 at 17:13
You don't sound very caring to me

Reply Posted by daisy on Tuesday January 10 2012 at 20:37
Are you sure you work in care with that attitude?

Reply Posted by daisy on Tuesday January 10 2012 at 20:40
People can suffer with mental illness at anytime next time imagine how you feel if it was you or a loved one?

Reply Posted by Annie on Thursday January 12 2012 at 16:23
who are we to judge, desperate minds take desperate measures, its so sad

Reply Posted by sponge767 on Friday January 13 2012 at 12:44
yes and i am very good at my job thank you. I am sure you would have a similar attitude if you saw how suicide tears families apart and psychologically damages children for life.
My partner also has bipolar disorder and i have been with him for 3 years so yes I would say I am caring.
The man has issues there is no denying that and I feel for him. It doesnt mean I dont care.