A ‘suicidal’ gambling addict was stopped from jumping from London Bridge by a Big Issue seller who pulled him back, it is reported.
The hero magazine seller, known only as Kerry, was working at the north end of the bridge when he was alerted to the situation.
A woman reportedly approached him and said she had already stopped the addict, who was planning to jump into the Thames.
Kerry, 44, and the woman, along with another passer-by, are said to have managed to calm the man down before he walked off.
But the Big Issue vendor decided to follow him and within minutes saw him making his second attempt at jumping from the bridge.
Kerry recalled how he pulled him from the edge, saying the man "didn’t struggle, there was no fight left in him", reports The Times .
The seller added: "I walked him back to my pitch and sat him down there and I managed to flag down a group of coppers who had stopped a car on the bridge.
"He (the suicidal man) told us he had a gambling addiction and it had destroyed his life and left him lonely with no friends."
Police and members of the public praised Kerry for his life-saving actions.
Peter Lucas, one of the police officers who attended to the man, described Kerry’s actions as "calm and compassionate".
He said they had allowed the addict to receive the help he needed.
Kerry, who has sold the Big Issue for 18 months, said he has been affected by the incident and is receiving help from the charitable company.
He also spoke about how it was "humbling" when a member of the public chose to seek help from Big Issue seller.
Big Issue director Chris Falchi-Stead said: "It is to Kerry’s credit that he was able to show such compassion and calmness in such an intense situation and we hope that the man is now able to get the help that he needs."
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