Man denies ‘nuisance’ charge over bridge climb

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A MAN has denied causing a public nuisance by climbing on top of a Sunderland landmark.

Traffic was brought to a standstill when a “protestor” scaled Wearmouth Bridge in March.

During the incident, which lasted several hours, the bridge was closed entirely and motorists were diverted from the area.

At Newcastle Crown Court, via videolink to HMP Durham, David Hann, of Toward Road, Hendon, pleaded not guilty to causing a public nuisance.

It is claimed the 45-year-old’s alleged actions wasted the time of the police, fire brigade, ambulance and coastguard.

Hann was remanded in custody and will be tried by a jury in June.