Statement: River Wear Police Search

I’m devastated to hear the news that a body was found in the River Wear this morning. To lose a loved one is agonising, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends.

My sincere thanks go to all the agencies involved in the search, including the local police, mountain rescue, and the coastguard. Their work is outstanding, especially in such difficult conditions. My thoughts also go out to the individuals who took part in the search, who I know will have had an emotional stake in it. 

Myself and my team will be there to offer support to anyone affected by this sad news.