A MAN is being questioned by murder detectives after a woman’s body was found in a South Tyneside flat.
The 32-year-old was arrested yesterday after the discovery in Church View, Boldon Colliery.
Police were called to the scene just after 11am, following concern for the woman, thought to be in her 20s.
Police said the pair were known to each other.
A 67-year-old neighbour said the woman’s sister made the 999 call.
“She knocked on our door and spoke to my daughter when she couldn’t get an answer at the flat,” he said.
“That must have been after half past nine because I had gone out. The daughter said she was worried.”
Scores of police and crime scene investigators surrounded the gable end flat, which was taped off, and made door-to-door inquiries.
Those living nearby said the usually quiet street, just over 350 yards from Hedworth Lane Primary School, has never experienced such an event.
The resident, a retired supermarket worker who has lived in Church View for more than 30 years, said the man and woman thought to be involved, “kept themselves to themselves.”
“It was quiet last night,” he said. “Maybe a few kids around but nothing after that.
“I never heard anything until this morning. We never usually have any trouble.” Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett said: “We want to hear from anyone who was in the area of Church View, Boldon, between Thursday, September 12, and Friday, September 13, who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, or out of the ordinary.
“Officers believe those involved were known to each other.”
Detectives said they are not in a position to name the deceased at this time, and are “in the process” of informing relatives.
Chief Superintendent Ian Dawes, South Tyneside area commander, said police want to reassure residents of their safety.
He said: “We know that these types of incidents cause great concern in our communit. We have extra officers in the area carrying out high visibility patrols to reassure people and speak with local people.
“If anyone has concerns or wants to speak to an officer they can do so face to face or by ringing the local neighbourhood policing team on 101 ext 69191.”