Police try to talk man down

POLICE negotiators were on scene in Casino last night trying to talk down a man who was threatening to jump off the Irving Bridge into the Richmond River.

The specially-trained negotiators arrived at 3.30pm after receiving a call about a distressed man on the bridge.

However, The Northern Star received reports the man had been on the bridge for much of the day.

Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Mick Dempsey confirmed the man was threatening to jump.

"He has been on the bridge for some time pacing." Insp Dempsey said.

"Negotiators are trying to talk to him."

Centre St, which is part of the Bruxner Hwy, was closed from Barker St to Hare St, leading to a queue 2km long on the northern side of the bridge.

Northbound traffic was redirected to Coraki Rd, leading to lengthy delays for motorists.

An ambulance and several police cars were on hand. A small group of Casino residents stood by hoping the man would come down soon.

It is understood the man is aged 54 and that his family was aware of the situation.

At the time the paper went to print last night the man was still on the bridge.

Lifeline's 24 hours crisis number is 13 11 14.



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