Update: Motorway reopened after man talked down from bridge

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Motorway cameras show traffic backing up at M40 Junction 15 northbound at Longbridge/Warwick.

ALL roads have been reopened after an incident on a bridge over the M40 was resolved.

Police were called just after 3pm today (Monday, 24th April) following a concern for welfare for a man near to junctions 15 and 16 of the M40.

Police negotiators were able to bring the incident to a safe conclusion at around 7pm today and a man in his 30s has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Chief Superintendent Alex Franklin-Smith from Warwickshire Police said: “We would like to thank all motorists and local people who experienced significant disruption as a result of this incident, for their continued patience, understanding and compassion.

“The threat of harm to both the individual concerned and to vehicles driving on the M40 was so significant, there was no alternative but to close the motorway and for it to remain closed until the incident had run its course.

“We strive to resolve such matters as quickly as possible, but our number one priority is to put the safety of everyone concerned first and to protect life.”

  • Pete A Cox

    Time to build the fences higher methinks.