Police said they had no choice but to keep part of the M42 closed as they negotiate with a man threatening to jump off a motorway bridge.
I would like to apologise to all motorists and local people who have experienced significant disruption as a result of this incident.
Clearly, we strive to resolve such matters as quickly as possible, but I would like to make it clear that the threat of harm both to the individual concerned and to vehicles driving on the M42 is so significant that there was no alternative but to close the motorway, and for it to remain closed until the incident has run its course.
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