Officer saves man's life after Byker bridge incident

05 May 2016 11:30 AM

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Response officer in Newcastle saves man's life after Byker bridge incident.

At 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 3, police received a number of reports expressing concern for a man seen on the wrong side of the railings on Byker bridge.

24/7 officer PC Marcello Rocha attended and was first at the scene. He spotted the man standing on the edge of the bridge and over the railings.

He spoke to the man and attempted to persuade him to come back onto the right side of the railings however after a number of minutes the man tried to jump from the bridge.

PC Rocha quickly reacted and managed to grab the man as he jumped and pulled him over the bridge and back over to safety.

The man was then checked over by the street triage team at Byker police station before being taken home and referred for medical support.

Superintendent Richard Jackson said: "If it had not been for the quick and brave actions of PC Rocha then the man would have fallen from the bridge. He acted instinctively, bravely and saved this man's life. The role of every police officer is to protect the public and Marcello's response when faced with this extremely difficult and sensitive situation exemplifies everything that is good about our officers. The force is extremely proud of what he has done and he should be too."

PC Marcello Rocha said: "When I attended my priority was to speak to the man and ensure he stayed calm. I wanted him to know I was there to help him and that he could talk to me. I tried to persuade him to climb back over onto the safe side of the bridge but when he went to jump I just acted on my instincts and managed to grab hold of him. I was then able to pull him over the other side and to safety.

"He was very upset and had lots going on in his life, we were able to take him to the station and calm him down and hopefully he will be able to get all the help and support he needs now.

"As an officer it’s all about protecting people and I did what I had to in order to keep him safe."

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