THREE occupants who fled a car after a police chase left behind a mobile phone, officers have said.

Durham Constabulary tried to stop a beige coloured Volkswagen Golf on Watling Street, Leadgate, Consett at 2.15am on December 2.

The driver failed to stop for police and was pursued to Stocksfield where it crashed into a dry stone wall.

The three occupants fled from the vehicle and evaded police.

PC Martain Anderson from Consett Police said: “We are appealing for the driver and occupants to come forward to speak to us about this incident and to collect the mobile phone they kindly left behind. Contact us via 101 quoting reference 44 of December 2.”