999 call for 'fear of bridges'

A terrified motorist called 999 yesterday because he was too scared to drive through the Dartford Crossing.

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Police: 'It's our job to help if someone is scared'

Inspector Paul Sellwood, of the Kent Police roads policing unit, said:

"This incident shows how seriously we take all calls we receive from members of the public.

"We always respond and we try to help to the best of our ability.

"Our role is maintaining order and safety on the roads, so if someone is concerned, trapped or scared, it is our job to attend and help and support from where-ever we can."

Fear of bridges prompts driver to call 999

The Queen Elizabeth II bridge at the Dartford crossing. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA.

A terrified motorist called 999 yesterday because he was too scared to drive through the Dartford Crossing.

The man - who suffers from gephyrophia, a fear of crossing bridges - had taken a wrong turn and called Kent Police when his satnav directed him to drive over the crossing.

The force control room operator explained to the driver he would be passing through the tunnel, not over the bridge, but the motorist said he still felt too scared to cross.

A police patrol car then located his vehicle, while the operator stayed on the phone to reassure him. The police officer drove the man's car through the tunnel, with him as a passenger, and then sent him on his way.

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