Traffic is halted by bridge drama

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TRAMS came to a standstill and roads were closed when a man threatened to jump from a city centre bridge.

The 48-year-old was threatening to leap from the bridge over Park Square, but was talked down and brought to safety after police were called.

Roads directly under the bridge were closed and traffic on the A61 from the train station heading towards the Park Square roundabout was reduced to one lane.

Trams were stopped at Cricket Inn Road or terminated at Sheffield railway station and paths over the roundabout were also shut while the man was talked down by negotiators from 8.30pm onwards on Thursday.

Aerial platform

AN ELDERLY man had to be treated for smoke inhalation after a blaze broke out in a loft in Pot House Lane, Stocksbridge, Sheffield.

Crews used water jets and an aerial platform to put out the flames, which had spread to a bedroom, on Thursday afternoon.

Deliberate fire

A VAN fire on Newmarch Street in Tinsley, Sheffield, is believed to have been started deliberately.

The pick-up truck was set alight at around midnight on Thursday and the flames had to be extinguished by firefighters from Darnall station.

Asda jobs open

APPLICATIONS have opened for 350 new jobs being created at Asda’s new store on Chaucer Road, Parson Cross, Sheffield. The store is due to open in September.

Recycled flames

A PAPER recylcing bin was set alight at a supermarket in Barnsley. Firefighters put out the blaze at Tesco on Wombwell Lane, Stairfoot, which broke out at 8.15pm on Thursday.

Arson attack

arsonists set fire to a shed in Masbrough, Rotherham. Fire crews from the town attended the blaze on Clough Road, near allotments, at around 7.30pm on Wednesday.

Vauxhall blaze

A CAR fire involving a silver Vauxhall Passat on Skinnerthorpe Road in Firth Park, Sheffield, was believed to have been started deliberately. A fire crew from Elm Lane attended at around 1am on Thursday.

Chip shop plan

COUNCILLORS approved plans to convert two empty shop units on Ben Lane, Wisewood, into a fish and chip shop.