Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gardens Scoured after Discovery of a Man's Body; Woman of 44 Arrested after Man, 45, Is Found Dead in Flat

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gardens Scoured after Discovery of a Man's Body; Woman of 44 Arrested after Man, 45, Is Found Dead in Flat

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY Reporter sophie.doughty@reachplc.com

POLICE search teams combed the gardens and paths around the flat where a man was found dead.

Shocked neighbours watched on as a sniffer dog was sent into gardens at Thames Avenue, Jarrow, yesterday while specialist search officers trawled a nearby alleyway, searching through weeds by hand.

The 45-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services were called to the ground-floor home at just before 12.40am yesterday morning.

A 44-year-old woman was arrested and remains in police custody.

Yesterday afternoon, there was a large police presence on the street while the flat and an alleyway nearby remained cordoned off with police tape.

Detectives were carrying out houseto-house inquiries while a sniffer dog scoured the front and back gardens of the home and adjoining properties, before being taken up and down the cut.

Search officers walked in a line up the alley, searching weeds at the side of the path by hand.

They then used ladders to look over garden fences.

Some neighbours told The Chronicle the flat was home to a couple, while others said a woman lived alone there.

A local shopkeeper, who asked not to be named, said the dead man was a regular customer, and he had seen him at his shop on Saturday morning.

He said: "I have had police officers in the shop asking if I knew the person, but I just know him as a customer. He was always in here. He would come in a few times a week. He was friendly. I saw him yesterday morning. It's a shame for the guy; you never know what's round the corner."

Joanne McCall, who lives next door, described the woman who lives at the flat as a "lovely lady" who supported her. Muriel Halligan has lived on the street for almost 60 years.

The 82-year-old told The Chronicle she did not hear anything overnight and was horrified when she discovered someone had died so close to her home. …

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