The bridge was reopened at 8.30am after police negotiated a man back from the wrong side of the railings

Barnstaple’s Taw Bridge has been reopened after a ‘police incident’ saw it closed for nearly three hours.

The bridge was reopened at around 8.30am this morning after negotiating a pedestrian back from the wrong side of railings.

Superintendent Toby Davies confirmed in a tweet that the man was being supported by officers, and thanked the public and officers for their patience.

The incident was reported shortly after 5am, and when police arrived a man was sitting on the wrong side of the railings.

A local officer was able to talk to the man before a trained negotiator arrived.

The bridge was closed to traffic in both directions so the police could manage the situation safely.