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Man leaps to his death from Dartford Bridge

PUBLISHED: 15:25 11 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:25 11 March 2013

Motorists faced delays as a man jumped from the Dartford Bridge yesterday afternoon

Motorists faced delays as a man jumped from the Dartford Bridge yesterday afternoon

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There were delays of up to seven hours on Dartford Bridge on Sunday after a man leapt to his death.

Police spent four hours trying to talk him down but their pleas fell on deaf ears.

The man, who has not yet been named but is believed to be 42 and from Buckinghamshire, blocked lane one of the Queen Elizabeth II bridge just after 11am.

He climbed over safety barriers at the highest point of the bridge and despite lengthy attempts to persuade him to change his mind, he plunged into the river.

An Essex police spokesman said: “Police officers, including trained negotiators, spent several hours talking to the man trying to get him to come back over the barrier.”

The man was recovered by lifeboat and taken to an ambulance waiting nearby before being transported to Darent Valley Hospital where hwas pronounced dead.

The incident caused traffic delays of up to seven hours in the area, firstly while negotiations were taking place and later while police ensured the man’s vehicle was safe to recover.

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