Messages of hope to be left at Scotch Corner motorway bridges

The bridges at Scotch Corner.

Messages of hope are to be attached to a motorway bridges following incidents involving vulnerable people.

The messages will be attached to the bridges over the A1(M) at Scotch Corner.

The emergency services have been called to the junction several times in recent months following concern that a vulnerable person may jump or fall.

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On each occasion the motorway under the bridges have been closed as a precaution.

It is understood that so far the incidents have ended without anyone being injured.

However, Catterick Garrison resident Annmarie Brown wants to do what she can to help anyone else who is considering taking their life at the bridges.

It has taken her more than a month to get the correct permissions to attached the notice, but has now done so after speaking to organisations including North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire County Council.

Notes already called by Annmarie Brown.

She said: “I’ve seen this implemented in other parts of the country and it seems to be having positive effect.

“I feel mental health care as a whole is massively over stretched and felt that something even as little as this could help at least one person.”

Annmarie added: “On a personal note my husband, who is a veteran having served 24 years in the Scots Guards, has lost military friends to suicide.

“I also wanted to raise awareness that it’s not weak to talk or open up and its okay to say ‘I need help’.”

Annmarie has appealed for people to give her more messages of hope that can be laminated and attached to the bridge.

Messages, which should be no larger than A5, can be left at the Star Cars office at White Shops in Catterick Garrison.

Alternatively, contact Annmarie via Facebook here.