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‘Drunken aggressive’ man closed down motorway by running in front of traffic

Police were forced to shut down a motorway after a "drunken aggressive" man ran in front of traffic this morning.

Traffic cops rushed to the M602 after the "intoxicated" man caused chaos on the motorway through Salford shortly after 10 am.

It was reported that a member of the public intervened and "rugby-tackled" the man to the floor in a bid to stop him causing more mayhem.

GMP Traffic said the man was arrested after trespassing on the M602 and running onto railway tracks.

The motorway was closed between junctions two and three, Regent Road roundabout and Gilda Brook roundabout through Weaste in Salford from about 10.20 am, Manchester Evening News reports.

It came as thousands of people were heading into Manchester for the Manchester marathon.

Drivers were urged to stay in their vehicles until police resolved the matter.

One bystander posted on Twitter: "There has been a man running out of the bushes and running all over the road!"

GMP Traffic have now released images showing the man in the middle of the motorway and the moment he was arrested on the hard shoulder.

They tweeted: "Several reports of a drunken aggressive male running on the west & eastbound carriageways of the M602 this morning.

"ME21 & ME11 attended NWmwaypolice male ran in front of traffic & onto the railway tracks! Arrested by ME21 with assisted by BTP, NPASNorthWest, GMPSalford.

"Thanks to members of the public for their patience whilst our closures had been implemented and to the member of the public who rugby tackled the male to the floor after running off the tracks and back onto the live lane of traffic!

"He is now in custody awaiting interview."

Transport for Greater Manchester later confirmed that the incident was cleared and all lanes had reopened.

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