COPS have launched a Christmas Day murder probe after a man was fatally injured late last night.
The casualty, a man in his 30s, died following an alleged assault at a home in Tyne and Wear just before 11.20pm.
Police and paramedics rushed to the property in village Newbottle – between Chester-le-Street and Sunderland – after 999 calls were made.
Despite their efforts, the man died at the scene.
His loved ones are being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.
Detectives in Nothumberland are investigating the horror. Officers remain at the scene tonight.
A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
He is being quizzed by cops this evening.
Detective Chief Inspector Angela Hudson has urged anyone with information to get in touch.
“First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends at this truly devastating time,” she said.
“A full investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding what led to this tragic incident.
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“All parties are believed to be known to each other and there’s no wider threat to the public.
“Officers remain in the area as they continue their investigation and I’d encourage anybody with any concerns to speak to them.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101, quoting log NP-20211225-0752.