Man, 20, due to appear in court after 'distressing' video shared of Chichester Road crash

A 20-year-old man is due to appear before a court in relation to ‘distressing’ footage taken of the aftermath of a fatal crash in South Shields.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 10:17 am
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 1:08 pm

Barry Armstrong – also known as Barry Sutton, tragically died when a car he was driving hit a house on Chichester Road at around 4.15am on Friday, January 24.

Two other occupants of the car, a female passenger and a second male, received treatment in hospital after suffering serious injuries.

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Floral tributes at the scene of the fatal crash on Chichester Road, South Shields.

The woman remains in a critical but stable condition while the man is in a stable condition.

Following the crash police announced that a video had been circulating on social media which had been taken of the scene in the immediate aftermath of the collision.

Now Northumbria Police have confirmed that a 20-year-old man has been interviewed under caution in relation to a communications offence and will be summonsed to appear before court on a future date.

Tributes left at the scene of the crash on Chichester Road.

Sergeant Dave Roberts, of Northumbria Police’s motor patrols department, said: “On Friday, we were made aware of a video circulating on social media which had been taken of the scene in the immediate aftermath of the collision.

“This contained very distressing images and I’d like to reiterate that sharing this video could constitute a criminal offence.

“As a result of the footage, a 20-year-old man has been interviewed under caution in relation to a communications offence and will be summonsed to appear before court on a future date.

“I would ask anybody who witnessed the collision itself, or who lives in the area and may have dashcam footage or CCTV that can assist the ongoing investigation, to come forward.

“Your information – however small or insignificant you feel it may be – could be crucial.”

The force said it is now working to find out what caused the collision and determine a chronology of events that immediately preceded the incident.

A team of officers have been carrying out a number of inquiries over the weekend and will continue throughout this week.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting reference 85 24/01/20 or via the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.