A body has been found in a recycling bin behind shops near Shiremoor.
Police were called to the Northumberland Park shopping parade on Sunday morning after the grim discovery was made.
The body of a 31-year-old man had been found in the bin just after 8.15am.
Inquiries are continuing into the death, but police say it is not believed to be suspicious.
A police spokesman said: “At 8.17am on Sunday, October 25, police were called to Earsdon Road, Shiremoor, following reports of a body in a recycle bin.
“Officers attended the scene and the body of a 31-year-old man was recovered from the bin.
“Inquiries are ongoing into the death. There is not believed to be any third-party involvement.
“A report is being prepared for the coroner.”
Anyone who saw anything or has information that can help should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 0336 25/10/15.