Two bodies have been removed from a house in North Tyneside.
At 9.15pm on Tuesday, February 11, police received a report of a man running in the road and causing a disturbance at Front Street in Benton. Officers attended and detained the 25-year-old man.
Further enquiries led them to a house at Front Street shortly afterwards where the bodies of a man and woman were found inside. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
The two bodies have this morning been removed from the property.
The 25-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder and he is currently in custody helping with enquiries.
Neighbour Ken Richardson has lived opposite the house for more than years and became aware of the situation when he returned home last night.
“There were five police cars at a time and then the scene of crime officers came, they had the whole house blocked off with tape and police officers posted at the front and back of the house,” he said.
“I used to know the lady who lived there, Mrs Pattinson, and her son, very well when my children were young.
“She was quite frail.
“The idea of something like this happening is quiet alien to this area.
“I think it all just goes to prove that you never know what can happen.”
DCI Paul Young, who is leading the investigation, said: “Enquiries are in the very early stages but we believe the incident happened inside the house and that those involved are known to each other.
“An extensive investigation is being carried out and I’d like to reassure people that a man has been arrested in connection with our enquiries and he is currently in custody.
“I’d appeal for anyone who saw or heard anything in Front Street on Tuesday night, at about 9.15pm, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”
Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, North Tyneside Area Commander, added: “An extensive investigation has been ongoing overnight and continues at pace today.
“Incidents like this are very unusual but we recognise it will have caused some concern in the community. Extra neighbourhood officers are out on patrol in the area around Front Street and Benton to provide reassurance and to gather information.
“I’d like to reassure people that a man has been arrested in connection with the investigation and that we believe at this stage that those involved were known to each other.
“Anyone who does have concerns or any information about what happened is asked to speak with their local officers or call police.”
Anyone who saw or heard anything in Front Street on Tuesday night, at about 9.15pm, is asked to get in touch with police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 1052 11/02/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.