A murder case has been launched after a man died on Christmas Day following a brutal attack.

At 11pm, police were alerted by the ambulance service that a man had been injured at an address on Sunderland Road, Newbottle, Houghton.

Emergency services responded to the call and found a man in his 30s with a serious injury.

However, despite the best efforts of paramedics, the man sadly died, leading the police to launch a murder inquiry. The area remains cordoned off.

A 34-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

It is believed that there is no wider threat to the public and all parties are known to each other.

Police also confirmed that the victim’s next of kin are being supported by specialist family liaison officers at this difficult time.

Detective Chief Inspector Angela Hudson, of Northumbria Police, said: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends at this truly devastating time.

“A full investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding what led to this tragic incident.

“All parties are believed to be known to each other and there is no wider threat to the public.

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