Man charged following bridge protest which closed the M32
Police have charged a man with causing a public nuisance after he protested on a bridge over the M32, forcing police to close the motorway for several hours yesterday evening.
Nicky Hughes, 25, of no fixed address, is due to appear in Bristol Magistrates' Court this afternoon.
Bristol's city centre was brought to a standstill for the second day running as Mr Hughes threatened to jump from a bridge over the M32.
Police shut the northbound carriageway at the St Paul's junction after he climbed onto the wrong side of the railings of a footbridge linking Easton and St Werburgh's at about 5.20pm yesterday.
Traffic ground to a halt as evening rush-hour commuters found themselves unable to leave on the main route out of the city and other roads started to fill up.
Hughes was finally arrested at about 8pm.
The Post understands the man told the negotiator he wanted to protest over an ongoing legal dispute, before finally agreeing to climb back over the railing.