Man charged with murder after Washington death

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A MAN will appear in court charged with murder.

Gary Thomas Mawson, 36, of Washington, is due before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court tomorrow following the death of Bryan Knox.

Mr Knox, 32, of Barmston, Washington, was found at Usworth Hall in the Stephenson area at 10.49am yesterday.

A post mortem examination has been carried out and established he died of pressure to the neck.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

DI Andy Fairlamb said: “We’re appealing for anyone who was in the area, anyone driving or walking past from about 10.30am onwards, who saw what happened, or anyone who has information about the incident to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 488 08/06/14, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Calls can be treated anonymously if necessary.