EMERGENCY services are continuing to search for a person who may have fallen into the River Wear at the weekend.

A multi agency search operation was launched yesterday following reports that someone may have gone into the river near the Toronto Bridge, or Newton Cap Viaduct, in Bishop Auckland.

Durham Constabulary has this morning urged members of the public to stay away from the area for their own safety.

A spokesperson said: "We are aware of a number of people who are planning to go to the area this morning.

"Conditions near the river are particularly hazardous and we would request people stay away from the area for their own safety."

The Northern Echo:

Water rescue teams have been deployed onto the River Wear to search for the missing person

The Northern Echo:

A multi agency operation has been underway since Sunday night

The Northern Echo:

Members of the public are keen to help but Durham Police have urged people not to put themselves in danger by visiting the area as conditions are hazardous