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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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Tributes pour in for two teenage girls who died in river

Tributes have been paid to the two teenagers, with Tonibeth, from Barmston, Washington, being hailed as a hero.

Friends of the pair have been laying flowers on the riverbank and paying their respects.

Amy Bell, 13, said: "I knew Chloe, she was a fantastic girl and she did not deserve this at all."

Tributes left by the river where Tonibeth Purvis, 15, and Chloe Fowler, 14, died. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Joss Richards, 13, who was in the same school class as Tonibeth, said: "I'm really devastated that she has gone."

One card left with flowers said: "RIP Tonibeth you are a hero."

Another left for Chloe said: "Heaven has gained a beautiful angel who will be greatly missed."

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