Death probe – police not searching for anyone else after couple found dead

CORDON ... police seal off Hylton Castle Road, Sunderland, where the bodies of two OAPs were found in their home.

CORDON ... police seal off Hylton Castle Road, Sunderland, where the bodies of two OAPs were found in their home.

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POLICE investigating two deaths in Sunderland are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Police were called to an address on Hylton Castle Road, Sunderland, after a relative reported concern for the welfare of a couple living there.

Police and paramedics attended and a man and a woman were found dead in a bedroom at the property.

The woman was May Stokoe, 79, and the man was her husband, James Stokoe, 79, both of Hylton Castle Road.

The officer leading the investigation into the deaths, DCI Christina Barrett, said: “It appears at this stage that there was no one else involved in the deaths and although we are not looking for anyone else, enquiries continue to be carried out to establish exactly what has taken place.”

Sunderland Area Commander Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth said: “Having an incident like this in a close knit community like Hylton Castle Road can be very traumatic for local people.

“I would like to reassure them that these deaths appear not to have involved anyone else and as such there is no danger to the wider community.

“That said we recognise the concerns of the community and so we are continuing with our increased patrols in the area to offer reassurance and support to local people.”

Anyone with information can still contact police on the 101 non-emergency number.