At about 1am today (Saturday), police received a number of calls raising concerns for a woman on a bridge over the M1.
The woman was on the wrong side of the railings on the bridge, near junction 44 at Rothwell.
The motorway was closed in both directions for a number of hours.
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Police negotiators were sent out and the woman was eventually brought to safety at 3.30am.
The M1 reopened shortly after.
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