CONCERNS for a person who was spotted in the boot of a car had been confirmed by police as a false alarm.

A CCTV appeal was launched yesterday which appeared to show a person possibly laid in the boot of the vehicle as it drove slowly, with the boot open, down Marton Road in Middlesbrough on Sunday October 20.

The footage showed the vehicle 'driving very slowly' with the boot up along Captain Cook's Crescent before turning right on to Marton Shops. It then turned on to Gunnergate Lane.

Following the public appeal, the occupants of the vehicle came forward and spoke to officers from Cleveland Police.

The force has confirmed they have been able to negate any concerns that they had for the person’s welfare.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Dimelow said: “Police received a call with good intent from a member of the public who was concerned about a person that they had seen in the boot of a vehicle being driven slowly in Middlesbrough.

“We are pleased to confirm that we have now been able to speak to the occupants of the vehicle and we have confirmed that everyone is safe and well.

"The investigation has now been closed.”