Bridge closed to traffic but set to re-open after officers talk man to safety.

Police closed the Taw Bridge in Barnstaple this morning (Saturday) due to reports of a man on the wrong side of the railings.

The bridge was closed shortly after 8.30am but officers at the scene have now managed to talk the man to safety.

Traffic is building up around the town as a result but police said the bridge would soon be re-opened.

UPDATE - 9.26am: The bridge has now re-opened but slow traffic is reported around the A361 Taw Bridge between the Western Bypass, Sticklepath junction and Braunton Road.