A19 lane closure after man spotted on bridge

The A19, north of the A690 junction

The A19, north of the A690 junction

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One lane of the A19 was closed for a short time this afternoon, after a man climbed over the barriers of a bridge across the road.

The man was sighted on the bridge, just north of the A690 junction, and has now been persuaded to climb back to safety.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "We did have a male on the wrong side of the barrier.

"He is now on the correct side and speaking to our officers.

"The incident only lasted a matter of minutes."