THE body of a 28-year-old police officer has been recovered from the River Forth following an incident on Clackmannanshire Bridge.

Emergency services had shut the bridge down late last night (Sunday, January 19) after receiving reports of a person in the water.

And after confirming a man’s body has since been recovered and the bridge reopened, a police spokesperson has also identified the man as one of their own.

Assistant chief constable Steve Johnson, Local Policing West, said: “We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of a colleague who died near Kincardine on Sunday, January 19.

“Our thoughts are with the officer’s family and friends at this very sad time.

“The death of a colleague affects everyone within the organisation and will be most keenly felt by those officers and staff who worked beside him. It is important that they receive all our support.

“I will be visiting the officer’s family, friends and colleagues to offer our deepest sympathy and ensure they have access to the support they need at this difficult time.”

“Our thoughts are with the officer’s family and friends at this very sad time."

Police Scotland have said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesperson confirmed: "Officers were made aware of concern for a person near the Clackmannanshire Bridge in Kincardine around 9.25pm on Sunday, January 19.

"The body of a 28-year-old man was recovered from the River Forth a short time later following a search.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained, although there are no apparent suspicious circumstances.

“A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal."