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Man killed in South Shields crash named as 25-year-old Barry Armstrong

25-year-old Barry Armstrong, also known as Barry Sutton, died in the early hours of Friday morning Credit: Family photograph

A man who died after crashing his car through the front of a house in South Shields has been named as Barry Armstrong.

The 25-year-old, also known as Barry Sutton, was killed when his white Audi S3 collided with the house on Chichester Road shortly after four o'clock on Friday morning.

Two passengers, a man and a women, suffered serious injuries. Both remain in hospital.

Northumbria Police said they were working to "determine a chronology of events" that lead up the crash.

On Saturday police warned the public against sharing "distressing" social media footage showing the aftermath of the crash.

A 20-year-old man has been interviewed under caution in relation to the footage and will appear in court at a later date.

The wreckage of the white Audi being removed from the scene on Friday. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

This was a tragic incident that sadly claimed the life of a young man who had his whole future ahead of him.

Our thoughts are with Barry’s family and friends as they come to terms with their loss, and we will continue to offer them any support they need.

Our motivation is to find out what caused this collision and determine a chronology of events that immediately preceded the incident. A team of officers have been carrying out a number of enquiries over the weekend and will continue throughout this week.

On Friday, we were made aware of a video circulating on social media which had been taken of the scene in the immediate aftermath of the collision. This contained very distressing images and I’d like to reiterate that sharing this video could constitute a criminal offence.

As a result of the footage, a 20-year-old man has been interviewed under caution in relation to a communications offence and will be summonsed to appear before court on a future date.

I would ask anybody who witnessed the collision itself, or who lives in the area and may have dashcam footage or CCTV that can assist the ongoing investigation, to come forward. Your information – however small or insignificant you feel it may be – could be crucial.

– Northumbria Police spokesperson