Safe ending thanks to ‘brave’ officer and paramedic

A policeman talks to a woman who had climbed over the parapet and  was threatening to jump from Peasholm Glen Bridge on Northstead Manor Drive.  113577c  pictures by Andrew Higgins  02/09/11
A policeman talks to a woman who had climbed over the parapet and was threatening to jump from Peasholm Glen Bridge on Northstead Manor Drive. 113577c pictures by Andrew Higgins 02/09/11

THE HEROIC actions of a paramedic and a police officer averted a potential tragedy.

A distressed teenage girl, who was from Scarborough, had climbed over the parapet at the Peasholm Glen Bridge, in Northstead Manor Drive, and was threatening to throw herself off the ledge.

Police close Peasholm Glen Bridge on Northstead Manor Drive, as a woman had climbed over the parapet and  was threatening to jump.   113577a  pictures by Andrew Higgins  02/09/11

Police close Peasholm Glen Bridge on Northstead Manor Drive, as a woman had climbed over the parapet and was threatening to jump. 113577a pictures by Andrew Higgins 02/09/11

Police officer Ken Gunn and a paramedic quickly built a rapport with the teenager, and straddled the parapet themselves as they spoke with the girl.

They then hauled her to safety after convincing her not to harm herself.

Sgt Kevin Dunn said: “Both the police officer and the paramedic did a brilliant job. The girl was very distressed but they put themselves in danger and managed to get her off the ledge.

“They were both very brave.”

Police were called to the incident at around 3:30pm on Saturday.

The girl, who was on the ledge for around half an hour, was taken to Scarborough Police Station where she was assessed by the crisis team.