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Turbine installed on River Wear

A twenty tonne water turbine is to be installed today in the Freeman's Reach area of Durham City. The 13 metre long Archimedian screw will make the site the first city centre development in the UK to incorporate a hydro-turbine generator.

It will get its energy from the River Wear and supply 75% of the energy required by the development.


Washington river death

A man has died after being recovered from the River Wear.Police officers and other emergency services attended the scene at Bonemill Lane, Fatfield, in Washington at 12.29pm today (April 17).

A man was pulled from the river and taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Enquiries are at an early stage and officers are working to identify him and to trace his family.

Additional patrols are currently in the area to reassure residents and carry out enquiries.

Body found in River Wear

Police have found a man's body in the River Wear. At 7:35 on Saturday November 2nd police received a report that a man's body had been found on the banks of the River Wear at Sunderland's Fish Quay, near Low Street.

Officers and the RNLI attended and the body was recovered and taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital. Northumbria Police say enquiries are now taking place to establish the identity of the man and the cause of death.

The discovery comes as police continue to search the River Wear in Durham for missing student Sope Peters.


Police statement on River Wear drowning inquest

Tonibeth Purvis and Chloe Fowler

Sunderland Area Command Superintendent Alan Veitch said: "What happened on Tuesday, July 23, was a tragic accident and our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Chloe Fowler and Toni-Beth Purvis.

Chloe Fowler

"The loss of any life is horrendous but the tragic deaths of these two young girls was particularly devastating for everyone involved.

"The circumstances emergency services faced at the scene that evening were extremely dangerous and challenging, with that particular section of the River Wear being fast flowing and filled with hidden hazards.

Tonibeth Purvis

"Those who helped in the search for the two girls did everything they could to try and save them and I'd like to thank everyone who assisted in the search operation for their brave efforts.

"The role of an emergency service worker - be it police, fire or ambulance - is filled with difficult situations and challenges however the loss of a young person's life is, and will always be, particularly distressing."

Accidental death verdict recorded for drowned girls

Tonibeth Purvis and Chloe Fowler

An inquest into the drowning of two teenage girls in the River Wear has recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Chloe Fowler (14) and Tonibeth Purvis (15) drowned after getting into problems in the river in July.

Chloe experienced problems while swimming, Tonibeth died trying to save her.

The Coroner said "These events were traumatic at the time and remain so today. They touched the families and the communities... Both were overwhelmed by the river and died despite thedetermined efforts of family, friends, and emergency services."

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