Full scale emergency service response to incident on Newport Bridge

A full scale emergency response involving all 999 services was made to an incident at a Teesside landmark.

Police, fire and ambulance along with the coastguard and Redcar’s lifeboat were called to the scene at Newport Bridge spanning the river between Middlesbrough and Stockton early on Sunday morning.

Exact details of the nature of the incident have not been released but 999 responders, including the specialist Hazardous Area Response Team, were called in response to ‘concerns for a person’ on the bridge.

A spokesman for the North East Ambulance Service said three HART teams were sent to the scene but were stood down on arrival.

“We were called at 5.42am on Sunday March 14 to concerns for a person on Newport Bridge.

“We sent three Hazardous Area Response Teams and an ambulance,” said a spokesman for the ambulance service.

“The fire and police services were also on scene.

“Services were stood down on arrival.”

Hazardous Area Response Teams – more commonly known as HART – are made up of specially recruited personnel who are trained and equipped respond to high-risk and complex emergency situations.

Coastguard teams from Hartlepool and Redcar were also called out to the early morning incident.

The Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team reported: “The team were paged by Humber Coastguard along with Redcar Coastguard Rescue Team to an incident at Newport Bridge in Middlesbrough.

“Cleveland Police, RNLI Redcar, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Cleveland Fire Brigade and the HART team.”

Cleveland Fire Brigade said they were called to the scene at 5.40am, sending three fire engines – one from Middlesbrough and two from Thornaby.

“One appliance from Middlesbrough and two appliances from Thornaby attended at 05:49 (to act on standby to assist police if needed – resulted in not being needed)” said a spokesman.

TeessideLive has asked Cleveland Police for comment.

The bridge carries the A1032 road over the River Tees between Middlesbrough and the Portrack/Haverton Hill area of Stockton.

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