Man, 26, threatened to jump off motorway bridge after his ex took his Xbox away
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Man, 26, threatened to jump off motorway bridge after his ex took his Xbox away

A man threatened to jump from a motorway bridge because his ex-partner had taken his Xbox and internet router.

A section of the M56 in Wythenshawe, Manchester, was closed for around four hours while two negotiators tried to talk Remi Alston down.

The 26-year-old was hauled before a judge after admitting an offence of causing a public nuisance, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Greater Manchester Police said the incident ‘had a severe effect on already drained police resources on a busy Saturday night’.

Manchester Crown Court heard that 12 police officers, two negotiators and and other emergency service professionals were called out to the bridge in the early hours of April 7.

Alston admitting an offence of causing a public nuisance

 

Alston eventually came down voluntarily.

He was spared jail after a judge said his culpability for the incident was reduced because of his mental health problems.

The court heard he previously received a suspended sentence for a similar incident on another bridge last year.

Prosecutor Gavin Howie said that Alston had returned to his home to find his Xbox and other electrical items were missing, and he blamed his ex-partner.

He later told police that he had called them about the incident, but after receiving no response, 30 minutes later he went to the bridge.

Alston said he didn’t intend to commit suicide, but felt like he ‘wanted to hurt himself’.

The 26-year-old was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court
The 26-year-old was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court

 

Police were called at about 1.30am, and Alston came down from the bridge before 5am.

During the stand off, officers offered to take him to try and resolve the issue, but at one point Alston said he would ‘stay there even if it took three days’.

At about 4.50am, his ex arrived at the scene with a wireless router, and Alston came down shortly after.

When he was arrested, Alston said he was ‘sick of the mickey being taken out of him’.

In interview when officers told Alston of the inconvenience his actions had caused, he said he ‘wasn’t thinking about other people’ at the time.

The court heard Alston has a ‘poor’ criminal record going back to when he was aged 12, having 25 convictions recorded against him for 47 offences.

Alston was upset his ex had taken his Xbox
Alston was upset his ex had taken his Xbox

Defending, Robert Lancaster said that Alston has suffered from long standing mental health problems, and said he has a ‘borderline personality disorder’ which can cause him to have ‘extreme reactions’.

He said Alston has ‘little light in his life’ and ‘finds himself very often in a dark place’.

The court heard Alston has turned to drink as a coping mechanism and to self medicate.

At the time of the incident, Mr Lancaster said that Alston felt he ‘didn’t have support’ within the community, and that he had been taken off his medication.

Appealing for Alston to be spared jail, Mr Lancaster said that Alston needs treatment.

“He knows what he was doing was wrong. He needs to learn to cope with his problems and his demons in a community environment,” the lawyer said.

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Judge Suzanne Goddard QC said that Alston’s culpability was ‘significantly affected’ by his mental health issues, and passed a 15 month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

The judge told Alston: “You knew what you were doing, and you have accepted responsibility for that.

“It is self evident that it must have caused disruption to a large number of people, who were prevented from going about their lawful and usual business.”

Alston from Eccles, Greater Manchester, was also ordered to complete 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days, and a 12 month alcohol treatment program.

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