OFFICERS from Northumbria Police have warned the public about the dangers of wasting police time, after they responded to reports a male may have been injured after jumping off a bridge.

A spokesman for the force said: "Shortly after 3pm on Thursday, we received a report from a member of the public that a male may have been injured after a group were seen jumping off the Points Bridge in Wylam into the water below.

“Emergency services attended the scene but officers found the group had already left the area and there was no sign of anybody injured.

“We would urge young people to consider the potentially serious consequences of their actions when jumping off piers, cliffs or bridges during the warm weather.

“Not only could you face serious and life-changing injuries, but it could also take crucial blue-light resources away from genuine and life-threatening emergencies.”

Another male patient was taken to the RVI in Newcastle on the same day, after falling from height and injuring themselves at Hagg Bridge Bank in Wylam.

Police have warned teenagers that they are stepping up attempts to tackle anti-social behaviour in the village this weekend. The warning follows reports of groups of teenagers drinking alcohol, urinating in public and putting themselves in danger by jumping into the water from the bridge, leaving some local residents concerned following increased levels of noise and litter.