The road was closed after a passing motorist reported the man on the wrong side of the railings.

THE Taw Bridge in Barnstaple was closed for more than hour on Saturday evening after a man was spotted on the wrong side of the railings.

Officers were called to the scene just before 7pm by a passing motorist who spotted the man.

The coastguard scrambled a boat to the area as police officers talked the man back over the railings to safety.

He was taken to North Devon District Hospital by paramedics and the road was reopened just after 8pm.