Residents on Geneva Road in Darlington have reacted with horror after the death of a teenage girl on their street.

Two people have been charged with murder following the death of the 14-year-old, despite the best efforts of paramedics at the scene.

One neighbour described how "awful" it was hearing the news of what had happened.

Flowers have already started being laid outside the house just outside the police cordon around the scene.

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One resident who lives on the street, but did not want to be named, described the young girl as a "canny lass".

They said: "It’s absolutely awful. I just read about it.

"We used to see her going up and down the street but we never talked.

"The other week our son and her were catching a loose dog on Yarm Road and he said she was a canny lass."

A fellow resident described the absolute horror they felt at hearing the news.

They said: "It's horribly shocking. It's just awful.

"They kept themselves to themselves that family. I don't know anything more."

Another local who wished to remain anonymous said: "We just saw what had happened on the news. Horrible."

Darlington Police previously said: "Two people have been charged following the death of a 14-year-old girl in Darlington.

"Police and paramedics were called to an address in Geneva Road shortly after 11pm on Friday, July 5.

"Sadly, the girl was pronounced dead at the scene."

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Simon Vickers and Sarah Hall, both of Geneva Road, Darlington, have been charged with murder and will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

Detective Superintendent Craig Rudd, Senior Investigating Officer, said: "This incident has resulted in the tragic death of a young girl, and our thoughts are with her family and friends.

"I would like to thank the local community for their patience and co-operation while investigative work is still being carried out at the scene, and to reassure residents that we believe this to be an isolated incident."