Salisbury PC and Special help save a man's life

Salisbury PC and Special help save a man's life

Published by Mike Draper at 8:04am 4th April 2020.

2 minute read

Two officers, who are still both relatively new to the Wiltshire Force, helped stop a man from jumping off a bridge.

  • Police were called around 6.45am on Friday (3 April 2020)
  • A man was seen hanging from a footbridge over the Churchill Way carriageway
  • The man appeared to be ready and prepared to jump


A PC and Special Constable headed to the scene to find a local man in his 30's with one leg over the railings, appearing ready to jump.

Traffic was stopped from passing below while both officers engaged with the man and managed to persuade him to step back on to the bridge to safety. The whole incident lasted about 15 minutes.


The man, who was distressed but unhurt, was taken to a place of safety.

Inspector Pete Sparrow from the Salisbury Area Community Policing Team said:

"This was excellent work by the two officers who are still fairly young in service."

"It proves that their training and aptitude for the job was spot on; in a moment of pressure, where you have only split seconds to make a decision, using their knowledge and intuition, they managed to help this man and ultimately saved his life. 

"They both should be very proud as are all their colleagues."

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