Police have named the man who died after being stabbed in a North Shields street.
Reece David Allen, 24, of Heaton Terrace, North Shields, died in hospital after being stabbed outside a property in West Avenue.
Officers and paramedics attended the scene at 3.17am on Monday but Mr Allen died at around 5.20am as a result of his injuries.
A 24-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of murder remain in custody helping police with their enquiries.
Enquiries into the murder are on-going.
Anyone who saw or heard anything around the time of the incident, or anyone with any information that could help police, is asked to contact officers on 101 quoting reference number 128 25/01/16.
Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.