Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Watchodg Called in after Fatal Stabbing; Police Visited the Flat on Day the Incident Took Place

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Watchodg Called in after Fatal Stabbing; Police Visited the Flat on Day the Incident Took Place

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

POLICE were at a flat just hours before a woman died there after being stabbed, it has emerged.

Sarah Gosling, 41, died in hospital on Saturday night after receiving a knife wound to the chest at her home in Tewkesbury Road, West Denton Park, Newcastle.

Now the Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed officers had been at the property earlier that day. It is investigating what happened in the run-up to fatal incident at 8pm.

A 52-year-old man has been charged with murder and police have confirmed that they did have contact with the victim earlier in the day.

Residents on the quiet estate have told of their shock as their street became the scene of a murder inquiry.

Dave Crosier, who lives next door to the flat where the incident happened, returned home from a night out in Newcastle to find his own front door was also sealed off with police tape.

The 36-year-old said he thought a "pleasant" couple lived in the home at the centre of the investigation.

"We came in at about 4am and there was a police officer outside," he said.

"They said they couldn't divulge what was going on and they were debating whether or not they would let us back in.

"They just said there had been an incident at the flat.

"I didn't see much of the couple who live there, but they were always pleasant when I did. They have lived there a few years."

Neighbours watched as emergency services descended on the flat on Saturday evening after receiving reports that a woman had been injured inside. Ms Gosling was taken to hospital by ambulance, but she later died.

Emma Johnson, who lives nearby, was at home on Saturday night.

The 26-year-old said: "I just saw the ambulance and police cars.

"There were a few police cars and a riot van.

"And I saw police lead a bloke out and into the van. …

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