A suspected ‘murder-suicide’ investigation has been launched after two bodies were found in a house in Sunderland.
The man and woman were discovered at around 8.30pm on Thursday night after police received a report of concern for a woman at a property in the Humbledon area.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said they were treating the death of the woman as a "suspected homicide".
The identities of the pair have yet to be officially released, however neighbours in the quiet street spoke of a middle-aged couple living at the house.
A force spokesman said: "Inquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances behind the deaths.
"Police are treating the death of the woman as a suspected homicide."
Det Insp Ed Small stressed enquiries were at a very early stage, and a forensic investigation is underway at the address.
He said: "I would like to reassure members of the community that there is no wider threat to the public and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this stage.
"The individuals involved were known to each other, and police are now working to ascertain what has led to the two deaths.
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"An increased police presence will remain in the area to offer reassurance and I would ask any concerned members of the public to speak to their local officers."
Neighbours in the street have spoken of their shock at hearing of the double death.
Michael Brown, 68, said: "It’s always been quiet here, day time and night time. People say good morning to each other, put their bins out and that’s about it.
"It is shocking. I heard two doors slamming around eight o’clock and that was it. It’s just not what you would expect."
Another resident, who did not wish to be named, added: "There were a few flashing lights late last night, and there were police cars this morning.
"We don’t know the people that live there but it’s shocking. Your heart goes out to the family in a time like this."
Anyone with information surrounding the deaths is asked to contact police on 101.
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