POLICE were called out to a search and rescue at Worcester Bridge yesterday, after a report of a missing child in the area.

West Mercia Police, two fire crews, the First Water Responder team and a service drone were despatched to the area in an "extensive" search, but police have now confirmed thankfully a child was not found.

A spokesman for West Mercia Police said officers initially attended for a safety concern after an abandoned mobility scooter was discovered.

They said: "Officers attended a concern for safety on Worcester city bridge shortly after 9pm on 27 July, after an officer discovered an abandoned mobility scooter.

"Initial enquiries indicated a man had left a child near the river bank. As such additional resources were deployed and a large-scale search of the area was carried out, including support from our partner agencies.

Worcester News: INCIDENT: Emergency services were called out to Worcester Bridge yesterday

"Following enquiries, an extensive search of the bridge and surrounding area we can thankfully confirm that there was not a child present, but that the report was made in good faith."

A spokesman from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: "A search was carried out to left and right, the Worcester boat was launched to search from the Diglis Hotel to the Worcester bridge while the Evesham boat was launched to search from Diglis Hotel to Diglis lock and the drone also took part in the search."

A 52-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and was later released without charge.