POLICE negotiators spent three hours coaxing a man down from Accrington’s railway viaduct shortly before the busy morning rush hour on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old white man, from Accrington, was first spotted acting suspiciously in the King Street and Railway Road area at 3.45am.
Police were called but the man ran off and headed towards the railway viaduct.
He refused to co-operate with the officers at the scene and police negotiators were called in to help deal with the situation.
Railway lines were temporarily suspended during the incident and road closures were put in place to ensure the safety of the man and other road users.
At around 8am the negotiators managed to encourage the man to climb down safely. He was detained by police under the Mental Health Act.
Inspector Paul Goodall said: “Fortunately the incident was brought to a peaceful conclusion before the rush hour causing minimum disruption to traffic. I would like to thank road and railway users for their patience.”