Biker dies when he collides with a pole on Wearside

A motorcyclist died when he smashed into a telegraph pole on a Wearside road.

The accident happened on the A182 Houghton Road, Houghton-le-Spring, at about 0930 BST on Thursday.

The victim was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. The road was closed for two hours.

Officers are trying to establish why the man - whose identity has not yet been released - lost control of the vehicle.

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