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Members of the public attempted to rescue teens

Emergency service personnel search for two girls who vanished in the River Wear at Fatfield, Washington, Tyne and Wear. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

An off-duty policeman and a member of the public tried to save two teenage girls who vanished in a fast-flowing river today.

Around 100 emergency service personnel were involved in the search for the girls who got into difficulty while playing in the River Wear at Fatfield, Washington, Tyne and Wear.

Emergency services continue their search of the River Wear this evening. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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Man charged with North East stabbing

A man has been charged with murder after a 20-year-old was stabbed in Tyne and Wear.

Police and ambulance crews found Andrew Lucas in Warkworth Close, Washington, where he lived, at 3.40am on Saturday.

A force spokesman said Mark Spalding, 45, also of Washington, was arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday.

He will appear before Sunderland magistrates on Monday morning.

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