Man dies after plunging 85 feet from bridge in front of horrified eyewitnesses

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A man has died after falling more than 80 feet from the iconic Tyne Bridge in Newcastle.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene after plunging from the bridge which links the city with Gateshead, Northumbria Police said.

Emergency services were called to the Quayside this afternoon following reports of an incident.

Police, paramedics and fire crews all attended, but tragically, the man was pronounced dead.

Pictures shared on social media show a big emergency presence in Newcastle city centre.

A witness tweeted: "There are about 5 cars stopped and an ambulance and some bloke peering over the edge of the bridge.

"How awful man."

Officers are now working to identify the man so they can notify his next of kin.

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There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police told ChronicleLive: "At 12pm today (Saturday), police received a report that a man had fallen from the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle.

"Emergency services attended however, sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

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"Enquiries are ongoing to formally identify the man and contact his next of kin.

"There is not believed to be any third party involvement and a report is being prepared for the Coroner."

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