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UPDATED: The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have closed a main road in Newport this afternoon (Thursday) to rescue a seagull in distress.

Firefighters have scaled a 135 ladder to reach the roof of clothing store ‘Next’, where the bird is currently located.

The RSPCA summoned the assistance of fire crews earlier this afternoon.

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Upper St James’ Street is currently closed from its junction with South Street. Motorists can divert via Orchard Street.

A cordon is in place around the scene.

UPDATE – The bird has been rescued by firefighters and is now in the care of the RSPCA.

Upper St James’ Street has re-opened to traffic and pedestrians.

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