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