Jump alert on bridge

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EMERGENCY crews were called after a man threatened to throw himself off the Wearmouth Bridge today.

The city’s RNLI lifeboat was launched after the man was spotted standing on the wrong side of the railings at about 3.15am.

Rescuers talked the man to safety after 20 minutes. He was then taken into custody and detained under the Mental Health Act.

Another man seen acting suspiciously near the bridge was also spoken to by officers.