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M42 open after man detained

The M42 has reopened after a man threatening to harm himself was safely detained.

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Police thank motorists after M42 closure

Police have apologised to motorists and thanked them for their patience after the M42 was closed for nearly 27 hours this weekend.

They have also reassured people that the only way to resolve the situation was through 'careful negotiation and patience'.

We would like to apologise to all motorists and local people who experienced significant disruption as a result of this incident.

We would also like to thank members of the public and the local community for their continued patience, understanding and compassion.

The threat of harm to both the individual concerned and to vehicles driving on the M42 was so significant, there was no alternative but to close the motorway and for it to remain closed until the incident had run its course.

We strive to resolve such matters as quickly as possible, but our number one priority is to put the safety of everyone concerned first and to protect life, even if it does take many hours.

There are many who will be asking why we could not bring this to a conclusion more quickly and they will be wondering what methods we have at our disposal. I would like to reassure them, the only realistic way of resolving this was through a great deal of careful negotiation and patience.

– Chief Superintendent Martin Evans, West Mercia Police

The man who was threatening to harm himself on the A38 bridge over the M42 carriageway was safely detained under the Mental Health Act, and is now in hospital receiving treatment.

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