Teenagers hailed as heroes after helping ‘distressed’ man on M62 bridge

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Four teenagers were hailed as “pillars of the community” after stopping to help a man who appeared in distress on a motorway bridge.

The man had been spotted on cameras, acting in a strange manner, with his hood pulled up while drinking alcohol at Junction 9 of the M62 near Warrington.

But as police headed to the scene the CCTV also captured a group of four boys walking over the bridge and start talking to the man, said to be aged in his 20s.

One of them held on to his arm and they stayed with him until police arrived to take care of him.

Today, NorthWest Motorway Police praised the actions of the boys, who are thought to be around 16 or 17.

A Twitter message read: “Four young men, have just identified a male in distress on the over bridge at J9 M62.

“They stayed with the male and kept him calm until police arrived to take over.

“The unsung heroes were not identified, but are potentially from a local college.

“Pillars of the community.”

Inspector Neil Hanson, from Cheshire Police, told the ECHO: “Our attention was drawn on the cameras to a male who looked distressed.

“He was stood over the bridge so we weren’t sure what his intention were.

“Young lads often get a bad press so to see teenagers doing their civic duty, like this, was great.

“They made sure the male was not a danger to himself and stayed with him until police arrived at the scene.”

The boys may be pupils at the nearby Warrington Collegiate in Winwick.

The boys’ actions were also hailed on Twitter.

Jason Moran said: “So great to see we have young people like this in our community.

“Hats off to them!”

Another said: “What a super thing to do.

“Hope they can be traced, worthy of recognition.”

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