Police name man, 70, whose body was found in River Wear

Police have named a man whose body was found in the River Wear.

Monday, 25th March 2019, 3:40 pm
Updated Monday, 25th March 2019, 3:48 pm
The River Wear near Witton-le-Wear. Copyright Google Maps.

A body was found in the river near Witton-le-Wear in County Durham shortly before 1pm yesterday.

Emergency services attended but despite their efforts, the man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.The man has been named as 70-year-old Timothy Stephenson, who was from Bishop Auckland.

A Durham Constabulary spokesman said: "Police can confirm that a body found in the River Wear, near Witton-le-Wear, is that of 70-year-old, Timothy Stephenson from Bishop Auckland.

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"The body was found by a member of the public at around 12.40pm yesterday.

"Police are satisfied the death is not suspicious and will be preparing a file for the coroner."