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Police have launched a murder inquiry into the death of a man following a Christmas Day 'attack'.

Just after 11 pm on Christmas, the police were alerted by the ambulance service that a man had been found injured on a street in Houghton.

Emergency services scrambled to respond to the call and discovered a man in his 30s with a serious injury.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics, the man passed away due to his grievous wounds.

An investigation was launched by Northumbria Police into the circumstances of this shocking incident. Officers remain at the scene today.

A spokesperson has now confirmed that a 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

It is believed that there is no wider threat to the public and all parties are known to each other.

They also confirmed that the victim’s next of kin are being supported by specialist family liaison officers at this difficult time.

Detective Chief Inspector Angela Hudson, of Northumbria Police, said: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends at this truly devastating time.

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"A full investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding what led to this tragic incident.

"All parties are believed to be known to each other and there is 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 or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20211225-0752.'

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