Four men have been arrested after a man was found dead in Whitley Bay.
At 5pm yesterday, police received a report of concern for a man in an address in North Parade. Officers attended and found a man in his 30s with injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
An investigation has been launched to establish how the man suffered his injuries and four men are currently in police custody. A post-mortem will be carried out later today.
Extra officers are in the area to carry out inquiries and offer reassurance.
Detective Chief Inspector Shelley Hudson is leading the investigation. She said: "We have been carrying out inquiries throughout the night to establish the circumstances around how this man came to suffer his injuries and would ask anyone who has information that may help with our inquiries to come forward and speak to us.
"If anyone has been in the area over the past couple of days and seen anything that may have seemed suspicious or out of the ordinary then we are keen to hear from them."
Anyone with information that may help police is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, quoting reference 739 170317, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.