Two people have died following a serious car crash in Newcastle.
Northumbria Police were contacted at about 8.30am today about a Volkswagen Golf which was reported to have been stolen.
The drivers did not stop when instructed to by police and made off.
At about 9am, the Golf was in collision with a Honda on Barrack Road.
Emergency services attended - including four ambulances and an air ambulance - and the two men in the the Golf were confirmed dead at the scene.
A force spokesperson said: "Their next of kin have been notified and are being offered support by specially trained officers."
A third man in the Golf was taken to hospital with serious injuries, along with a woman in the Honda.
The spokesperson added:
The road was closed shortly after the incident and remained shut for a number of hours.
On Monday 26 July, an IOPC spokesperson said: “We have begun an independent investigation into the actions of the police prior to a collision in Newcastle in which, sadly, two people have died.
“We were notified by Northumbria Police that at around 8.55am on Sunday 25 July in Barrack Road a VW Golf car – believed to have been stolen – had been pursued by police. Shortly after the pursuit ended, it was in collision with another car in which a woman has been seriously injured. Another person in the VW Golf has also been seriously injured.
“Our thoughts are with the families of all those affected by this incident.”