POLICE officers have removed a stolen van from the River Wear.
The Echo reported how the vehicle was discovered in the water on Wednesday, just off Webster’s Bank, Deptford, and emergency services launched a search operation to see if there was anyone inside.
But Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue officers found no-one inside the van or in the water surrounding it.
Due to the high tide, the operation to remove the van – reported stolen from an address in Penshaw – from the river was delayed by two days.
Officers were finally able to recover the vehicle yesterday.
A Northumbria Police investigation is now under way into how the van ended up in the water.