A YOUNG boy was rescued earlier this week from the River Wear in County Durham.

The two-year-old was spotted in trouble in the water, near Riverside Park, in Chester-le-Street, on Tuesday.

Emergency services were called and members of the public stepped in to help.

A staff member from Alexander Adventures who was delivering a paddle board session rescued the youngster.

A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We were called to Riverside South in Chester-le-Street at 11.37am on 3 August to reports of concerns for a child in the water."

A Durham Constabulary spokesman said: "We were called at approximately 1.45pm on Tuesday to Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street following reports that a child had been rescued from the water.

"Police attended the scene and the child, who was distressed but otherwise unharmed, was taken to University Hospital of North Durham by ambulance to be checked over."

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