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Flowers and tributes left close to scene in Spennymoor where teenager died after police pursuit

Multiple police vehicles could be seen after the incident on Central Drive Credit: NCJMedia

Flowers, balloons and messages of support have been left near the scene of a crash in Spennymoor where a teenager died after a police pursuit.

The crash happened shortly after police began a pursuit of a Nissan Primera in the County Durham town on Friday afternoon.

The 19-year-old driver of the Nissan crashed the car on Central Drive, Middlestone and suffered fatal injuries as a result.

Family and friends of the teenager, who has not yet been identified by police, have been leaving tributes to him since the incident.

Tributes left close to the scene where the teenager died Credit: NCJMedia
Flowers left in tribute Credit: NCJMedia

Heart and star-shaped balloons were tied to a fence on Central Drive along with a number of floral bouquets.

The street was cordoned off on Friday afternoon as forensic officers carried out an investigation, with dozens of officers lining the streets.

Due to the police pursuit, the crash has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which is investigating the involvement of the police.

David Ford, interim regional director of the IOPC, said: "We understand that shortly after 2.30pm a Durham Constabulary marked police car followed a Nissan Primera.

"After the pursuit the vehicle crashed on Central Drive, Middlestone Moor.

"The 19-year-old man driving the Nissan was fatally injured during the incident.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends and anyone affected by this sad incident."

In a statement on Friday Durham Constabulary said it had referred the incident to the IOPC.