Man dies after parachuting incident in County Durham

A man has died following a parachute incident at an industrial estate in County Durham.

Police were called to South West industrial estate in Shotton near Peterlee at 12.30pm on Saturday.

A man in his 40s was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are appealing for anyone who has dash cam footage of the moments leading up to the fatal incident.

They said they are treating the death as unexpected and inquiries are ongoing.

Sky-High Skydiving, which is based at Shotton Airfield, confirmed to Sky News it was aware a fatal incident had occurred and that British Skydiving were investigating.

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Fire and ambulance services also attended, Durham Constabulary said.

Detective Chief Inspector Mel Sutherland, who is leading the investigation, said: "Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was travelling on the A19 at around 12.20pm to 12.30pm who may have mobile phone or dashcam footage which captures the moments leading up to the incident.

"Our thoughts remain with the man's family at this time."