THE new Taw Bridge at Barnstaple was closed to traffic for 10 minutes yesterday (Thursday) while police negotiated with a woman found standing on the wrong side of the safety barrier. The 45-year-old woman was standing on a parapet of the bridge overlook

THE new Taw Bridge at Barnstaple was closed to traffic for 10 minutes yesterday (Thursday) while police negotiated with a woman found standing on the wrong side of the safety barrier.The 45-year-old woman was standing on a parapet of the bridge overlooking a grassed area about 15 metres below.A police officer and a PCSO established that the woman was a patient at North Devon District Hospital. After a short conversation, she returned to the safe side of the barrier and was taken back to hospital.