Police have rescued a man that threatened to jump off a bridge crossing the River Tyne in Gateshead.

According to the Evening Chronicle, emergency service crews had been called to the High Level Bridge, one of the 12 bridges that connect the town to the larger city of Newcastle upon Tyne, at 00:38 GMT this morning (March 21st).

They found a 25-year-old man stood on the wrong side of the metal railings and was threatening to throw himself in to the river below.

Following over 30 minutes of discussions with officers the man was safely dragged back to safety by fire crews using a harness and was taken to hospital to be assessed. He was later discharged.

Steve Foster, crew manager, based at Gateshead fire station, told the source: "When we got there the police had ahold of the man who was on the wrong side of the railings. Our line rescue team worked very quickly to put a harness on him and the man was dragged back to safety."

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