A UNIVERSITY student died after falling into a North-East river during a night out with friends.

The body of Sope Peters was found in the River Wear, in Durham City, by a member of the public five weeks after he went missing.

The 20-year-old Durham University student had spent the evening drinking with friends on October 29 and was last seen alive on CCTV outside Osbornes Bar, near Elvet Bridge, just after midnight.

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At an inquest into his death today (Wednesday, April 9) coroner for County Durham and Darlington, Andrew Tweddle recorded a verdict of accidental death.