Investigations are under way after the body of a man was found in a flat on Tyneside.
Police have launched an inquiry and arrested a man in his fifties on suspicion of murder following the discovery in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Officers and paramedics were called to Leazes Court in Newcastle, close to St James’ Park, at around 6.10am yesterday after receiving calls that a man in his forties had been found dead.
The arrested man is helping police with enquiries.
Residents in the normally quiet flats were woken to the sound of car doors slamming as officers made their way into the building.
Neighbour Bob Lamb said he saw three police cars and paramedics when he looked out his window later that morning.
“I’m a little shaken up to hear what happened,” said the 54-year-old, who has lived in the flats since 1987. “I only know one other person who lives in that block so I rang him up and he reckoned he had heard someone screaming but I wouldn’t have heard it because I am the next block over, but that’s all he could tell me.
“It’s come as a real shock. When I heard the car doors I just assumed it was someone getting in or out of taxis but then I saw the three police cars and paramedics.
“It’s awful to think someone was killed on your doorstep. I can’t remember anything like this happening before.”
Student Vladimir Debnar, 27, who lives in the neighbouring block of flats, said the news came as a shock as he had not heard anything out of the ordinary.
“I went to bed at like 3am as I was doing my essay and I heard nothing,” he said. “You never expect anything like this to happen around here.
“I’ve been here two-and-a-half years and I’ve never seen anything like this as it’s normally quite quiet,” added Vladimir, who is studying for a Masters in International Development at Northumbria University.
Temporary Superintendent Bruce Storey, for Newcastle Area command, said: “This investigation is very much in the early stages an initial enquiries are being carried out to establish the circumstances of the man’s death. Extra police are in the area to carry out these enquiries and also to reassure any local residents who may be concerned.
“If anyone has information they think would be useful to our investigation we would ask they get in contact.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 297 250514.