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Woman talked down from bridge over dual carriageway

Police and the fire service were involved in the rescue of a woman spotted on the wrong side of the safety railings on a bridge over the A331

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Two fire engines attended the scene

A woman was talked down from a bridge over the A331 in Farnborough in a late-night rescue involving the police and fire service.

The 27-year-old woman was spotted sitting on the edge of the bridge near Farnborough Gate retail park, having climbed over the safety railings at around 11.45pm on Tuesday August 5.

After it was reported to police, officers spoke to her and managed to secure her to the bridge using ropes.

A rescue operation lasting more than two hours ensued, leading to the woman being helped down a ladder by firefighters onto the dual carriageway below.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service crew from Rushmoor fire station attended in two fire engines and were held a distance away by police until officers had talked to the woman.

The northbound carriageway of the A331 was closed for a short period of time during the rescue.

Fire crew manager Simon Forster said: “The lady was very unhappy and found herself on the wrong side of the bridge. Police officers were in attendance. They secured her to the bridge and managed to talk her into getting to a place of safety.

“We parked one truck and pitched a ladder to the bridge where she was sat. We had another pump at the top and fixed a rope system to her and sent a firefighter over to secure her to the lines and she came down.”

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman confirmed officers had responded to a concern for welfare call.

Mr Forster said the operation had been a good example of collaborative work between the emergency services.

The woman was taken to Frimley Park Hospital to be checked over.

 
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