Photos released and chief inspector gives statement following Tay Road Bridge incident

Police are seeking to identify this man following an incident on the Tay Road Bridge.

Police have released images of a man being sought following an incident on the Tay Road Bridge on New Year’s Day.

The force received reports of concern for the man on the crossing at about 3.40pm on Monday, who was seen entering the walkway from the Dundee side.

The incident sparked an air and sea search of the River Tay on Monday which went on well into the evening, with a UK Coastguard helicopter drafted in from Prestwick to help.

Both the Broughty Ferry lifeboats were launched along with coastguard rescue teams from Carnoustie and St Andrews; with a large area between Monifieth and Tayport searched. However no searches took place on Tuesday.

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He is described as white, in his 50s, wearing a dark tammy style hat, a large black winter coat over a dark green jumper or shirt, grey jeans and black shoes. He was also seen to be smoking a cigarette he had taken from a tobacco pouch.

It has been confirmed that he walked on to the bridge from the Dundee end.

Chief Inspector Nicky Russell said: “We need the assistance of the public to help us identify the man in the images. We have had nobody that matches the description reported as missing to us and we need to establish who this man is as soon as possible.

“Coastguard were contacted and carried out an extensive search of the river but to date there has been no sightings. If you recognise him, please get in touch with Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference CR/76/18’.”

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