Tributes have been left at the side of a County Durham road where two teenagers tragically lost their lives.

Police confirmed that two males, aged 18 and 13, died after a crash which took place on Middrigdge Road, Rushyford, near Newton Aycliffe on Friday (July 5).

Police have confirmed the two who lost their lives were Wayne Hodgson, 18, and Bobby Grimes, 13, from Newton Aycliffe.

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Flowers, balloons, pictures, cards and a stuffed animal were placed in their memory as the community paid tribute to them.

One tribute left at the scene read "Bobby, rest easy son, forever 13." while another said "Wayne, forever 18, I don't have words, I am absolutely devastated. We love you son."

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Emergency services, including the Great North Air Ambulance, were called to the scene of the incident at noon on Friday.

One of the teenagers died at the scene, while the other was taken to hospital where he later died. 

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Police confirmed they were travelling on the same motorcycle which was involved in a collision with a car near the Rushyford roundabout.

In a tribute to Wayne Hodgson, his family said he was beloved nephew, brother and uncle.

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They said: “Wayne, you have left a massive hole in our hearts and lives.

“You are going to be missed for forever and a day. We love you always, our baby Wayne”.

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The family of Bobby Grimes also paid tribute to their “greatly-loved” son.

They said: “Bobby was a greatly-loved son, brother, nephew, cousin, grandson.

“He was a cheeky boy who loved to say ‘wise man’. He will never be forgotten and missed forever.”

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His family also thanked the member of the public who gave Bobby first aid at the scene, they said: “he is a hero in our eyes."

A Durham Police spokesperson said: “The teenagers, who were from Newton Aycliffe, were travelling on the same motorcycle which was involved in a collision with a car on Middridge Road, near to the Rushyford roundabout.

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“A police investigation has established there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the crash, but are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Investigators would particularly like to hear from anyone who saw or has dashcam footage of the motorcycle being driven between Ferryhill and Middridge in the minutes before the collision.

“Anyone with any information relating to the incident is asked to contact Durham Constabulary Serious Collision Investigation Unit via or on 101, quoting incident number 144 of July 5.”