Police have thanked people for their patience after dealing with a life-theatening situation on Barnstaples Taw Bridge during rush hour last night (Thursday). Traffic in the town came to a standstill when the bridge was closed following reports of a man on the wrong side of the railings. Police successfully negotiated with him and the incident was brought to a safe conclusion. Inspector Roger Bartlett said they would like to thank those caught in the congestion for their patience. He said: While we recognise the frustration and inconvenience caused amongst those caught up in it, police were dealing with a very serious life threatening situation which I am really pleased to say, as a result of some excellent work by officers and good willed members of the public, was resolved without anyone coming to harm. We dont take a decision to close major roads lightly, especially during a rush hour period knowing the disruption it will cause, but there was no other alternative in this case.