A woman was last night being questioned on suspicion of murder after her partner died in hospital.
The 36-year-old victim, who has been named locally as Jamie Belshaw, died on Saturday night following an incident at an address in Lemington, Newcastle.
Neighbours said they believed he had been stabbed. Police arrested a 34-year-old woman, who The Journal understands to be Mr Belshaw’s partner, at the couple’s rented house, on Bells Close.
She was taken into police custody to be questioned on suspicion of murder. A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “At around 9.20pm on Saturday police responded to a incident at an address in Lemington, Newcastle where a 36-year-old man was found with serious injuries. He was taken to hospital where he subsequently died.
“A 34-year-old woman has been arrested. Extra officers are carrying out inquiries and providing reassurance.”
Yesterday the usually quiet close was swarming with police as residents awoke to find their street had become a murder scene. Uniformed officers stood guard outside the house as plain-clothed detectives made house-to-house inquiries.
Meanwhile, forensics officers in white overalls worked inside the home. Neighbours told how the couple had only recently moved to the street.
Mum-of-one, Wendy Arkley, 40, said: “They have only lived here since the end of November, and we never got a chance to get to know them. It was such a shock when I woke up and found out what had happened.
“You don’t expect something like that to happen. I have lived here 21 years and never seen anything like this.”
And Gemma Murray, 31, added: “You don’t expect to wake up to this on a Sunday morning. It’s a real shame what’s happened.”
Another neighbour said: “I only knew them to say ‘Hi’ to. He seemed to be working all the time. I don’t know what he did for a living, he wore work boots and a high-visibility jacket. It is such a shock when it’s on your doorstep.”
Meanwhile Mr Belshaw’s friends took to Facebook to pay tribute to the former Walbottle High School pupil.
Danielle Martin wrote: “He was a lovely lad, would never hurt anyone. Can’t believe it.”
And Donna Nicholson said: “He was one of the nicest blokes. He didn’t have a bad bone in his body.”
And Leanne Kilpatrick wrote: “Got some amazing memories from when we went to Ibiza with him. I’m totally shocked.”