Emergency services were called to the bridge on the A406 North Circular near the Billet Road roundabout just before 9pm.

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A man was last night prevented from jumping from the same bridge where a woman leapt to her death two weeks ago.

Police and ambulance crews were called to the bridge along the A406 north cicrular between the Crooked Billet roundabout and the Cooks Ferry interchange just before 9pm.

Following reports of a person on a bridge, London Ambulance Service sent a crew, duty officer and a hazardous area response team.

Traffic came to a standstill as both lanes on the dual carriageway were closed by police.

An eyewitness stuck in traffic saw the man on the bridge.

He said: "He was on the wrong side of the rails, then he came back on to the footpath and was pacing up and down for about half an hour, as if contemplating what he was about to do. 

"The person then lit a cigarette, sat down and the police took him away."

Police have confirmed the man was brought down by police and detained. The incident was stood down just before 10pm and the road re-opened.

Police have not released the age of the man.  

Zeba Begum, 27, of Greenham Crescent in Chingford is getting increasingly worried about the safeguarding of the bridge.

"Ever since that incident where the woman jumped, something has to be done. Whatever it is, caging, CCTV, police patrols, it needs to be done as soon as possible.

"I'm worried this bridge is going to become a place for distressed to come and contemplate taking their own life."

Elif Orman, 29, of Tottenham, North London, jumped off the Chingford bridge on February 17 and was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms Orman, believed to be suffering from depression, left behind an 11-year-old son and was due to get married.

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3:13pm Thu 6 Mar 14

sophierawrs says...

I'd like to say this wasn't the police that saved this persons life, it was Harry Hobbs!
He was brave and went to stop him, told him not to do anything stupid and managed to get him moved away from the bridge! Such a heroic act, yet the police take the credit. All they did was move him down from the bridge, Harry saved his life, he's only a teenager. I don't understand how this would be a better story than "teenager from chingford saves someone from jumping from bridge"
It would maybe show that the youth isn't all bad!
If the news had any decency atall they'd give him the credit! Or at least the fact it was a youth that saved the person-not the police.
I'd like to say this wasn't the police that saved this persons life, it was Harry Hobbs! He was brave and went to stop him, told him not to do anything stupid and managed to get him moved away from the bridge! Such a heroic act, yet the police take the credit. All they did was move him down from the bridge, Harry saved his life, he's only a teenager. I don't understand how this would be a better story than "teenager from chingford saves someone from jumping from bridge" It would maybe show that the youth isn't all bad! If the news had any decency atall they'd give him the credit! Or at least the fact it was a youth that saved the person-not the police. sophierawrs
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5:42pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Rhino Rob Hobbs says...

Sounds like my son Harry Hobbs should be credited for his courageous behaviour and not the police as reported.
Well done Harry, I'm very proud of you.
Dad (Rob Hobbs) x
Sounds like my son Harry Hobbs should be credited for his courageous behaviour and not the police as reported. Well done Harry, I'm very proud of you. Dad (Rob Hobbs) x Rhino Rob Hobbs
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7:18pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Harryhobbs1 says...

I acctually brang him off the bridge
Police didn't touch him untill he was on the pathway below the bridge
I acctually brang him off the bridge Police didn't touch him untill he was on the pathway below the bridge Harryhobbs1
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8:30pm Thu 6 Mar 14

LakeBreeze says...

Very glad to hear of a friend helping a friend in this way. Please take care of this young man, with love and understanding and getting him help.

Mizan, there is much to live for, please accept the love and help of those around you who care. I don't know you personally but I'm glad to hear you are still in the world.

Your life means something, you mean something. Stick around! : )
Very glad to hear of a friend helping a friend in this way. Please take care of this young man, with love and understanding and getting him help. Mizan, there is much to live for, please accept the love and help of those around you who care. I don't know you personally but I'm glad to hear you are still in the world. Your life means something, you mean something. Stick around! : ) LakeBreeze
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