Cliff-top stand-off

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EMERGENCY services were involved in a three-hour cliff- top stand-off with a distressed man in Sunderland.

Police officers were called to Ryhope Beach just before 8pm yesterday after concerns were raised about the 21-year-old.

Emergency services, including paramedics and fire crews, were drafted in while police negotiated with the man.

The Coastguard was also alerted at about 8.30pm and lifeboat volunteers were put on stand-by.

Motorists reported seeing several emergency vehicles gathered in a car park near McDonald’s on Ryhope Road.

The incident ended just before 11pm, when the man agreed to go with officers.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “At 7.52pm police received a report of a man of the cliffs at Ryhope beach in Ryhope Road.

“Following extensive negotiations, the man came away from the cliffs just before 11pm.

“A 21-year-old man was detained under the Mental Health Act before being released.”