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Tributes to river death teens

Two teenage girls, whose bodies were found by divers in the River Wear yesterday, have been named as Chloe Fowler, 14, and fifteen-year-old Tonibeth Purvis. The pair got into difficulty on a fast-flowing part of the river yesterday afternoon.

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Family pay tribute to 'kind and caring' Chloe

The family of Chloe Fowler, 14, who died in the River Wear yesterday, have described her as "a beautiful, kind and caring girl" in a statement released by Northumbria Police.

Superintendent Alan Veitch said that Chloe was one of a number of children who attempted to rescue fifteen-year-old Tonibeth Purvis, before she too got into difficulties.

Chloe Fowler, 14, entered the river to help her another teenager, who also died. Credit: Northumbria Police handout

The bodies of both of the teenagers were recovered by police dive teams last night.

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