A SWAN has been from a dual carriageway after straying from a lake in a park.

Emergency services were called out to the A167 near Chester-le-Street by concerned members of the public at around 3pm on Friday.

A swan, from nearby Riverside Park, was walking on the road near to the BP petrol station.

PCSO Adrian Richards attended and found the swan on the opposite side of the A167 road and at the junction of Camperdown Avenue.

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: "PCSO Richards stopped the swan going back on the road with some bread he received from local residents who stopped to offer their support.

"Whilst waiting for the council warden, a local swan volunteer called Jay Burke stopped and discussed how we get hold of the swan.

"With tactics in place we got hold of the swan and placed it into a special swan jacket for its own safety.

"Once inside the police van the swan was taken to the Riverside Park near to the café where all its family belong.

"The swan was safely put back with its family and friends and waited for members of the public whom were already there feeding the other swans.

"A good job all round, thank you to our local community for their support."