BREAKING - VIDEO: Emergency services talk alleged shoplifter down from jumping off Doncaster bridge

Emergency services have been called out to a Doncaster bridge to try and prevent an alleged shoplifter from jumping off, after police attempted to apprehend him.

Three fire engines, two police vans and two emergency response vehicles were called out to St Mary's Bridge earlier this morning to deal with the incident.

Emergency services were called out to St Mary's Bridge after a man accused of shoplifting threatened to 'throw himself off'.

Emergency services were called out to St Mary's Bridge after a man accused of shoplifting threatened to 'throw himself off'.

A man, whose age is not yet known, ran down to the river bank and waded waist-deep into the river twice when officers were called out to reports of shoplifting and attempted to apprehend him.

He later got onto a ledge at the side of St Mary's Bridge and threatened to 'throw himself off if the police did not back off'.

Acting Police Sergeant, Chris Macleod, said police spent over an hour trying to talk the man down.

He added: "We employed a multi-agency response to get the man down safely.

"After around an hour we were trying to persuade him to get off the ledge.

"He is now being checked over.

"At this stage we have not yet been able to determine whether any criminal activity has taken place'.