'They wanted to be together forever - and now they are.' Police confirm South Tyneside teenagers are victims of Manchester suicide attack

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry
Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry

Police have confirmed teenage sweethearts from South Tyneside are among the dead in the Manchester suicide attack.

The families of Chloe Rutherford, 17, and 19-year-old Liam Curry had travelled to the North West in the hope of finding the pair, who had been missing since the attack at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.

But a joint statement issued via Greater Manchester Police in the early hours of today confirmed their passing: "On the night our daughter Chloe died and our son Liam died, their wings were ready but our hearts were not.

"They were perfect in every way for each other and were meant to be.

"They were beautiful inside and out to ourselves and our families, and they were inseparable.

"Chloe always described herself as ditzy who Liam adored and would do anything for, including dealing with Chloe’s demands for chocolate.

"They lived to go to new places together and explore different cities. They wanted to be together forever - and now they are."