Police chief hits out at ‘vile’ tweets by motorists caught in M42 traffic jams | Mail Online

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Police chief hits out at ‘vile’ tweets by motorists caught in M42 traffic jams after man stood on bridge for 24 hours threatening to jump




Response: Supt Kevin Purcell (pictured) apologised to motorists. But his colleague attacked ‘vile’ drivers on Twitter for encouraging the man to jump while they waited in a queue

A senior policeman has condemned vile trolls who took to social networking sites to complain about a motorway being closed for 24 hours because of a man threatening to throw himself from a bridge.

Police closed the M42 in both directions at Junction 1 near Bromsgrove in the West Midlands at 12.45pm on Saturday. They finally talked the man down at 3pm yesterday.

Specialist negotiators could be seen talking to the man who was standing at railings on the A38 road bridge over the motorway.

Thousands of drivers were stuck in queues for several hours on Saturday as police closed the busy motorway in both directions between the M5 and Junction 2 of the M42.

But despite diversions and appeals for motorists to avoid the area, roads remained clogged with traffic.

Some irate drivers vented their anger on Twitter and Facebook labelling the man’s actions as ‘selfish’ and encouraging him to jump.

But many others expressed their concern for the man and their own disgust at some of the abusive messages being posted online.

Yesterday before the man got down, Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Morgan took to Twitter to criticise those mocking the individual.

Unfortunately for travellers M42 is still closed, he tweeted.

The intolerant, hateful and Don t you know what you re doing brigade should be ashamed.

Sealed off: Police at the bridge on Saturday night where a man had been threatening to jump on to the M42

Tailbacks: Police closed the M42 between the M5 and junction 1 which caused huge traffic jams

‘No shortage of armchairs or experts to fill them giving advice and or being vile about people/things they know nothing about.

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Superintendent Kevin Purcell, policing commander for North Worcestershire, had apologised to drivers for the traffic tailbacks but insisted there was no alternative but to close the motorway.

He said: ‘I would like to apologise to all motorists and local people who have experienced significant disruption as a result of this incident.

Big incident: Specialist police negotiators were sent to talk the man while other officers cordoned off the road

‘Clearly we strive to resolve such matters as quickly as possible, but I would like to make it clear that the threat of harm both to the individual concerned and to vehicles driving on the M42 is so significant, that there was no alternative but to close the motorway and for it to remain closed until the incident has run its course.

‘Once again I apologise for any inconvenience caused and would thank members of the public and local community for their patience and understanding.

‘We are doing all we can to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and are following national guidelines.

Traffic chaos: The incident had already started to cause long tailbacks on the M42 on Saturday evening

‘Our number one priority is the protection of life.’

Samaritans charity, who provide support for people battling emotional distress, urged those affected to contact them.

For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or click here for details

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