THE body of a man has been discovered close to a viaduct.

At around 2.30pm on Sunday, police received reports of a man seen on the A19 Southbound, at Leven Viaduct.

Roads in the area were closed, with diversions put in place from the A174 Parkway to the A67 to allow the emergency services to carry out their work.

The man’s body was found shortly afterwards and his next of kin have now been informed, while a file will be prepared for the coroner.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the man’s death and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”