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Life-save pair are honoured; COUPLE COMFORTED MAN ON M-WAY BRIDGE.

Byline: ARRYN BUGGINS

TWO friends have been honoured after saving the life of a man who was threatening to jump from a bridge over the M6 at Walsgrave.

The pair were returning home from an outing to a Coventry cinema and ended up preventing a tragedy by talking to the distressed man until police arrived.

They have been given Royal Humane Society awards for their efforts.

Their awards were among 37 handed out a ceremony at Warwickshire Police headquarters by the county's lord lieutenant, Martin Dunne.

Timothy Dukes and his friend Jennifer Dunn, who spotted the man on the bridge while driving home late one night in April last year, were praised for preventing him jumping and putting their own safety at risk.

Mr Dukes, who grew up in Coventry and went to King Henry Vlll school, said: "We saw someone on the motorway bridge and thought we should stop and see if he was all right.

"It all looked a bit suspicious so my friend went to have a look. It was very late and very dark and we saw someone just standing there.

"Jen got out of the car and went over and tried to speak to him and then we tried to comfort him.

"We were there for 20 or 30 minutes talking to him. He was clearly upset and didn't say anything at all.

"Afterwards we followed the police to Bedworth police station because we just wanted to make sure he was all right. He didn't seem happy being put into a police car, but we were glad he was safe."

Mr Dukes, aged 24, now lives in London where he works for the Environment Agency. His family lives in Queen's Road, Kenilworth.

Jennifer Dunn, aged 23, from Finham, Coventry, was unable to attend Friday's ceremony at Leek Wootton. She is a student at Glasgow University.

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REWARD: Timothy Dukes with his award presented by lord lieutenant Martin Dunne
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