Darlington: Parents charged with murdering teenage daughter appear in court

The parents of a teenage girl have appeared in court charged with her murder.

Simon Vickers, 48, and Sarah Hall, 44, made a short appearance at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court, County Durham, on Monday.

The pair, of Geneva Road, Darlington, are accused of murdering their 14-year-old daughter Scarlett Vickers last Friday, court papers show.

The teenager suffered a single stab wound.

The two people charged were remanded in custody to appear at Teesside Crown Court on 10 July, according to a court official.

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

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene, Durham Police said.

Detective Superintendent Craig Rudd 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."