POLICE were called about a 'suspicious' object in the river, which turned out to be a tent.

They were called shortly after 10.40am this morning with reports of what appeared to be a suspicious looking object in the water at Colne Causeway, Colchester.

A police spokesman said: "The coastguard assisted with recovering the item, which was found to be a discarded tent.

"The call to police was made with good intentions."