Search teams looking for two missing teenage girls in the River Wear have found two bodies. Police say both girls' families have been informed.
A large scale search was launched at Fatfield near Washington at about 3pm this afternoon after the two friends disappeared in the water.
Ian Payne reports:
There is feeling of utter dejection among people I have spoken to in Washington. Two bodies were recovered from the River Wear. The community is numb.
Dive teams searching the River Wear for two teenage girls have found a second body. Northumbria Police say the hunt is being "scaled down".
Dive teams searching the River Wear for two teenage girls who went missing this afternoon have recovered a female body, Northumbria Police have confirmed.
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.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police say they believe two teenage girls have gone into the river.
Police, fire and ambulance services are continuing to carry out searches.
Police, ambulance and firefighters are searching for two children reported to have been seen in the River Wear near Fatfield in Washington.
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.