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Tributes left to Durham students

Flowers have been left to Durham students Euan Coulthard and Sope Peters Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Flowers have been left above the spot where a body, believed to be Euan Coulthard, was recovered from the River Wear. The flowers also pay tribute to Durham University students, Sope Peters, 20, went missing on October 29, 2013 and Luke Pearce, 19, who drowned on May 11, 2014.

"Always in our hearts" Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Durham Student's Union says it is working with the University, Police and Fire Service to improve safety and try to avoid another tragedy.

“We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of Euan Coulthard’s death. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.

– Dan Slavin, President of Durham Students’ Union
Euan Coulthard went missing after a night out with friends 10 days ago Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

“Durham Students’ Union will continue to work with Durham University, Durham County Council, the Police and the Fire Rescue Service to address and improve student safety. We are taking a joined up approach and formed a working group last year. The safety of our students is of paramount importance and we will work with our partners to avoid another tragedy.”

– Dan Slavin, President of Durham Students’ Union

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Police brief media after body pulled from river

Police are briefing the media in Durham city centre. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Police are briefing the media in Durham city centre after a body was pulled from the River Wear today.

Police responded to reports of a body near Framwellgate Bridge this morning.

The body has not yet been formally identified but police have said they believe it is Euan Coulthard.

The 19-year-old Durham University student has not been seen since a night out on Wednesday 14 January.

Missing Euan: Durham University 'very sorry' after body pulled from river

A spokesman for Durham University has said it is "very sorry" to hear that a body has been found in the search for Euan Coulthard.

The 19-year-old law student has not been seen since a night out on Wednesday 14 January.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Graham Towl issued the following statement on behalf of Durham University.

We are aware of the development that has taken place today and we are very sorry to hear that a body has been recovered from the River Wear. It would be inappropriate to give further comment until a formal identification has taken place, but we continue to support all of our students at this difficult time."

– Prof Graham Towl, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Durham University

Police believe body found in River Wear is missing student Euan Coulthard

19-year-old Euan Coulthard has not been seen since a night out on Wednesday 14 January. Credit: Durham Police
Police responded to reports of a body near Framwellgate Bridge in Durham city centre this morning. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Police say they believe a body pulled from the River Wear today is the missing Durham University student Euan Coulthard.

Police responded to reports of a body near Framwellgate Bridge in Durham city centre this morning. That body has now been pulled from the river.

Speaking via an official Twitter account, Durham Police said the body is "believed" to be the missing student.

19-year-old Euan Coulthard, a second-year law student at St Mary's College, has not been seen since going on a night out on Wednesday 14 January.

A post-mortem examination of the body will take place later. No formal identification has yet taken place.

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