Inquest resumes after Sunderland teenager died in Finchale Abbey river tragedy

The footbridge at popular beauty spot at Finchale Priory.
The footbridge at popular beauty spot at Finchale Priory.
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AN INQUEST into the death of a teenager who died after getting into trouble in the River Wear is set to resume next week.

Jordan Lee Roberts, 17, from Kidsgrove Square, Downhill, died on Tuesday, September 9, after getting into difficulties in the water near Finchale Abbey on the outskirts of Durham.

Jordan Roberts, 17, who was found dead in the Wear on September 9

Jordan Roberts, 17, who was found dead in the Wear on September 9

A closing inquest into his death will be held on Monday at the coroner’s office at Crook Civic Centre.

The tragedy unfolded the afternoon before, when Jordan went missing in the river, with his body found by police divers the next morning.

His older brother, Callum, 19, was rescued from the river by a friend and taken to the University Hospital of North Durham.

It is believed he suffered from a chest infection after the ordeal.

In the aftermath of Jordan’s death, the Downhill community rallied round Jordan’s parents Brenda and George, raising about £1,000 to cover funeral costs.

A skate park was also painted with tributes to him and a memorial event was held, with candles lit and Chinese lanterns released in his name. The funeral of the former Red House Academy pupil was held at Holy Trinity Church, in Southwick, on Tuesday, September 23, before interment at Southwick Cemetery.