Motorists stuck in traffic taunted a distressed woman as police tried to talk her down from a bridge.
The M3 at Sunbury, Surrey was closed for more than two hours yesterday whilst emergency teams tended to the woman who was in distress.
Whilst Surrey Police were at the scene, one Twitter user tweeted the force’s online account: “Tell her to get on with it. Bloody ruining everyone’s weekend. Sat in this for an hour and a half now.”
Another person suggested that police shoot the suicidal woman with a rubber bullet: “To the person causing traffic jam on the M3/ A31, you selfish, selfish tw*t.
“Surrey police, can’t you rubber bullet the jumper on M3/ A316 and get the traffic moving? Or get net ready and charge her? Ridiculous.”
Surrey Police say that the woman was helped to safety and detained under the Mental Health Act.
Inspector Julie Hillman criticised motorists who had mocked the woman. She said: “Having members of the public taunt somebody who is clearly in a distressed state as we did earlier today is completely unacceptable.
“I hope the public understand why it was necessary for us to close the road as doing so helped save the woman’s life.
“I appreciate that being stuck in traffic is the last thing that people want to be doing, especially when the weather is hot, but on this occasion it was completely necessary to ensure officers saw this woman to safety.”
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