Two people have died and two were injured when a suspected stolen car crashed with another vehicle during a police chase.
Northumbria Police said they were alerted to the suspected stolen Volkswagen Golf in Newcastle at about 8:30am on Sunday.
The vehicle failed to stop when ordered to do so by the police and made off before crashing with an Honda just half an hour later on Barrack Road.
Emergency services were called to the crash and two of the male occupants of the Volkswagen were sadly confirmed dead at the scene.
Specially trained officers are now supporting the deceased's next of kin.
A third male occupant of the Volkswagen was taken to hospital with serious injuries, along with a female occupant of the Honda.
The incident has as a matter of course been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) for an investigation to be carried out.
The road was closed shortly after the crash, with the force saying it would likely remain shut for a number of hours.
The police force said in a statement: "Two people have sadly died following a serious road traffic collision in Newcastle.
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"At about 8.30am today, officers were alerted to a Volkswagen Golf that was suspected to have been stolen.
"The vehicle failed to stop when instructed by police and made off. A short time later, at about 9am, the Golf was in collision with a Honda on Barrack Road in Newcastle.
"Emergency services attended and two male occupants of the Golf were confirmed deceased at the scene.
"Their next of kin have been notified and are being offered support by specially trained officers."