Emergency services called to incident on Queen Alexandra Bridge in Sunderland

Emergency services have been called to reports of a man in distress on the Queen Alexandra Bridge in Sunderland.

Saturday, 4th January 2020, 1:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 1:42 am
Police were called to reports of a man in distress on the Queen Alexandra Bridge in Sunderland on Saturday, January 4.

Police were called at around 11.44am on Saturday, January 4, over concerns for the safety of a male.

The Sunderland Coastguard and members of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service also attended the incident but stood down shortly afterwards.

Officers brought the man to safety and he has now been taken into police protection.

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The B1539 road was closed briefly while the incident was ongoing but traffic is said to be moving freely in the area now.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “We can confirm there was an incident on the Queen Alexandra Bridge at around 11.44am on Saturday, January 4.

“We were called to concerns expressed for the safety of a male.

They added: “Police attended and safely brought him down and have now taken him into police protection where we are making sure he gets the help he needs.”

“We closed the road for a short period but traffic is flowing freely again.”

The Coastguard confirmed they were called to an incident on the bridge at around 11.44am but stood down at 11.52am.

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