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Trains coming into and out of Portsmouth are getting back to normal after police talked down a man who threatened to jump off a bridge.

The distressed man climbed on top of the footbridge over the railway line between Dover Road and Kendal Avenue in Copnor, Portsmouth, and said he was going to jump onto the tracks,

Police closed roads nearby and were negotiating with him from around 5.30pm.

Train passengers faced delays for about 50 minutes while the situation was resolved.

Officers succeeded in talking the man down shortly before 7pm and the bridge was reopened to the public.

Sgt Wendie Douglas said: ‘There was a young man facing a crisis in his life. He was eventually talked down by police and he will receive help from the relevant statutory bodies.

‘We were assisted by Network Rail and our colleagues from the British Transport Police. We appreciate the public’s patience while we resolved this incident.’