Kirkstall Road police incident: Missing 15-year-old girl brought to safety from viaduct

A 15-year-old girl has been brought to safety after she was spotted on the Kirkstall Road viaduct.

By Joe Cooper
Thursday, 18th March 2021, 4:52 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th March 2021, 4:54 pm

The teenager was spotted on the railway line, between Leeds and Burley Park stations, shortly after 10am this morning (Thursday).

She had been reported missing just minutes earlier and there were concerns for her welfare.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were all at the scene and traffic was being redirected.

Kirkstall Road was closed for several hours.

Trains on the line were also disrupted.

She was brought to safety at around 2pm and Kirkstall Road reopened shortly afterwards.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "At 10:09am today police received reports of a female on the railway viaduct over Kirkstall Road in Leeds.

"Emergency services attended and road closures were put in place and rail services suspended.

"The female was identified as a 15-year-old girl who had been reported missing minutes earlier with concerns for her welfare.

"She was brought to safety shortly after 2pm and the incident concluded, and the scene reopened."

A spokeswoman for the British Transport Police said: "Officers were called to an area of railway in Burley, Leeds, at 10.13am following concern for the welfare of a person.

"Specialist officers attended and a person has now been taken to a place of safety."

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