Police, fire, helicopter and the coastguard joined searches after a man was spotted on Torridge Bridge in Bideford last night (Wednesday).

UPDATE 3.50PM: Torridge Sector Inspector Shaun Kenneally has confirmed a man did not fall from the Torridge Bridge yesterday (Wednesday).

He said on Twitter: “Thankyou to emergency service colleagues. Police enqs continuing but thankfully I can confirm we did not have anyone jump off Torridge Bridge overnight as originally thought.”

10.12am: A large-scale search took place in Bideford last night (Wednesday) after concerns for a man on Torridge Bridge.

Police were called at around 8.40pm after the man was spotted on the bridge.

Officers were joined by the police helicopter, fire fighters, Appledore RNLI and coastguard teams to search the area.

It is understood there were concerns the man had fallen into the water.

A spokeswoman for Appledore RNLI said: “As the tide was ebbing the thorough search mainly concentrated downstream from the Torridge Bridge, past Instow and Appledore, eventually as far as Bideford Bar.

“After five hours the coastguard, who coordinated the rescue, called the search to its conclusion after northing untoward had been found.”

Searches of the area riverbank and surrounding area were stood down at midnight without success.

A police spokesman said further searches, lead by Devon Fire and Rescue Service, were due to resume this morning.