Police appeal for movements of Audi that left airport before collision that killed baby and aunt

Detectives investigating a crash which killed a woman and a baby are appealing for further information after one of the vehicles involved was spotted leaving Newcastle Airport.

The collision, which involved an Audi Q5 and a Peugeot 308 and happened on the A1(M) between Chester-le-Street and Durham, tragically claimed the lives of eight-month-old Zackary Blades and his auntie, Karlene Warner, 30. The incident occurred at 3.15am on Friday, May 31, when the victims' vehicle was struck by the Audi, which had been seen leaving Newcastle Airport earlier that night.

Darryl Anderson, 38, from Clarell Walk, Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham, has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and possession of a bladed article. He is due to appear at Durham Crown Court on July 1, as reported by Chronicle Live.

Officers are now keen to trace the route of the Audi, which followed a diversion from the A696 to the A1 roundabout, then onto the A167 through Newcastle, over the Tyne Bridge, onto the A184 Gateshead, the A195, and finally back onto the A1 prior to Washington services.

Durham Constabulary's Serious Collision Investigation Unit is appealing for witnesses who saw the vehicle on these roads to come forward. They can be contacted on 101, quoting incident number 41 of May 31.

Dashcam footage and information can also be emailed to sciu@durham. police.uk.