Newcastle City Council dismiss reports road melted in the sun trapping man's foot

The man had to be freed by fire crews. Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue

Newcastle City Council bosses have dismissed claims that a man's foot became stuck in a road due to it melting.

It had been reported that the unnamed 24-year-old man's foot became stuck after the tarmac beneath him melted and gave way.

He became stuck up to his thigh and had to call 999 to be freed.

However, in a statement the council said their roads were not susceptible to hot weather and the incident may have been related to an existing weakness in the road.

It said: "A member of the Newcastle City Council Highways team visited the scene in Heaton yesterday along with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue. We can confirm that the tarmac had not melted and no roads in the city have melted during the warm weather.

"We believe this has occurred due to a small existing void under the road and will continue to investigate."

The statement also added that roads in the Newcastle City Council area do not need any kind of protective treatment during the hot weather.

The man's foot became stuck in an opening in the road Credit: ITV News

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, who had to free the man, had tweeted that they'd freed him after the road melted.