The bridge was re-opened at 8.30am, with the incident safely resolved.

The A361 Taw Bridge in Barnstaple was closed this morning (Thursday).

Police were called shortly before 6am following concerns about the welfare of a pedestrian on the bridge.

A local officer was able to talk to the pedestrian before a trained negotiator was called to the scene.

The bridge was closed in both directions, causing heavy traffic and gridlock in and around the Barnstaple area.

UPDATE: The bridge re-opened at around 8.30am, with the incident safely resolved.