UPDATE: Forensic experts at South Shields flats after body found

Police forensic experts and fire investigators are at a block of flats in South Shields today after a body was found.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 08 May, 2016, 11:42

Emergency services, including ambulance crews and police, were called to flats in Stanhope Road this morning and sealed off the area.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “At 10.06am we got a report from people expressing concern for a man at an address in Stanhope Road.

Rear of a block of flat in Stanhope Road

“Police officers went to the address, and the man has been found dead at the scene.

“Inquiries are ongoing.”

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Officers have the front and rear of the flats cordoned off.

Neighbours said they had seen smoke and heard reports of fire damage.

Rear of a block of flat in Stanhope Road

A spokesman for Tyne and Wear Fire Service said: “We have an officer at the scene at the request of the police.”