A MAN who threatened to jump off a bridge over the A12 has been brought to safety by police.

Police were called to the scene at 1pm and after almost four hours of talking to the man he was coaxed away from the bridge and is now safe.

The incident closed the A12 at the junction with Mission Grove. Traffic is backed up to Ilford in one direction and as far as Hackney in the other.

Schoolgirl Wendy Maguire died after falling from a bridge on the same stretch of road on January 13.

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