A funeral has been planned for tragic dad Barry Armstrong, who died when the car he was in smashed into a house.

Loved ones will gather to say goodbye to the 25-year-old, who was also known as Barry Sutton, on February 14.

Barry was pronounced dead at the scene following the horror smash, which happened in South Shields early on Friday morning.

The 25-year-old, from South Shields, was engaged and had a young daughter called Scarlett.

Barry Armstrong, also known as Barry Sutton, has been named as the man who died in a crash in South Shields
Barry Armstrong, also known as Barry Sutton.

Barry's funeral will be held at South Shields Crematorium at 1.15pm on Friday, February 14.

Mourners have been asked to wear 'an item of baby blue' to the service.

In a notice circulated by the funeral directors Barry is described as: "A devoted and much loved son of Janine and Barry. An adored and treasured fiance of Chloe and daddy to Scarlett. A supportive crazy big brother to Conner and Jordan. A dearly loved grandson of Linda and Rob. Dear nephew to Daniel and Robbie."

Police are still investigating the crash, which happened on Chichester Road at just before 4.15am.

A woman and a man, who were passengers in the car suffered serious injuries and remain in hospital.

Damage to the house on Chichester Road in South Shields after a car crash
Damage to the house on Chichester Road in South Shields after a car crash

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

Nobody inside the house was injured but significant damage was caused to the building.

Later on Friday an 18-year-old man was arrested as part of the investigation but he was released with no further action and is now being treated as a witness.

Sgt Dave Roberts, of Northumbria Police’s motor patrols department, said officers are still working to establish what caused the crash.

He said: "This was a tragic incident that sadly claimed the life of a young man who had his whole future ahead of him.

“Our thoughts are with Barry’s family and friends as they come to terms with their loss, and we will continue to offer them any support they need.

Emergency services at Chichester Road in South Shields after a car crashed into a house
Emergency services at Chichester Road in South Shields after a car crashed into a house

“Our motivation is to find out what caused this collision and determine a chronology of events that immediately preceded the incident. A team of officers have been carrying out a number of enquiries over the weekend and will continue throughout this week."

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Meanwhile a 20-year-old man has been questioned by police in connection with distressing footage filmed in the aftermath of the crash, which appeared on social media.

Sgt Roberts added: "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.

Police tape up on Chichester Road in South Shields after a car crashed into a house
Police tape up on Chichester Road in South Shields after a car crashed into a house

“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.”

Amber Natalie Griffiths, whose sister was injured in the collision has set up a page on the online fundraising site GoFundMe to help Barry’s family.

She wrote on the page: “From the bottom of my heart I’m trying to help this amazing family who, because they are going through the worst time of their life, have still asked and showed support of how my sister is coping in her situation.

“As any death like this is so unexpected families have to try and afford a funeral to give their child, brother, nephew and cousin the best send-off. So please find it in your heart to share some love and money to help this lush family out.”

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