Matthew Lee and Marie Brown killed in motorbike crash

Matthew David Lee and Marie Brown Matthew Lee and Marie Brown were involved in the collision at 20:40 BST on Friday

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The families of a young Teesside couple killed in a motorbike crash have paid tribute to their loved ones.

Matthew Lee, 21, from Ingleby Barwick, and his girlfriend Marie Brown, 19, from Middlesbrough, died after a crash on the A1 Western Bypass near Swalwell, Gateshead, on Friday.

Mr Lee's family said he was a "kind, generous and thoughtful boy". Miss Brown was "bright, lovely and popular," her family said.

A man, 31, was arrested and bailed.

Mr Lee, a member of the Teesside Bikers club, was "full of life and enthusiasm," his family said.

"He was a hard worker who had recently completed his apprenticeship as a steel fabricator and welder passing with flying colours," they said.

"He was a loving son and brother and it is hard to describe how much we will miss his cheeky grin and having him with us."

Miss Brown's family said: "It is devastating to lose Marie like this when all her life should have been ahead of her.

"She was a bright, lovely, popular girl and she will be missed by everyone who knew her."

The red Triumph motorbike the couple were travelling on hit the central reservation on Friday night on the southbound carriageway, next to the slip road from Derwenthaugh.

Northumbria Police is appealing for witnesses.

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