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Parapet man who closed M4 at rush-hour is held by police.

CLEARWAY: The M4 west of Cardiff was closed when this man threatened to throw himself onto the motorway PICTURE: Andrew Lloyd THE M4 was closed in both directions last night after a man sat on the ledge of a footbridge spanning the motorway.

Rush hour traffic on the M4 was held up for nearly two hours as the man sat and dangled his legs over one of the motorway's busiest sections.

Officers from South Wales Police were called to the scene near junction 34 of the M4 at Llantrisant at around 6pm with "concerns about the safety of a man stood on the outer ledge of the motorway bridge".

A spokeswoman said: "Due to concerns for the public and the man's safety, the motorway was closed off in both directions.

" People were advised to leave the area and use alternative routes."

However, long tailbacks were avoided as vehicles were diverted off the motorway. Queues did reach back to junction 33.

The man was taken from the bridge at around 7.55pm and taken in police custody. The motorway was reopened shortly afterwards and flowing freely by around 8.30pm.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service sent a water ladder and line rescue to the scene and paramedics were also dispatched.

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CLEARWAY: The M4 west of Cardiff was closed when this man threatened to throw himself onto the motorway PICTURE: Andrew Lloyd

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Date:Sep 24, 2009
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