A MURDER suspect is being held by police after the death of a man on Wearside.
The 36-year-old was arrested after a man in his 30s was found with serious injuries in a road in Usworth Hall, Washington, at 10.50am yesterday.
An air ambulance was scrambled to the scene and the victim was flown to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he later died.
The suspect was originally arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, but was re-arrested following the man’s death.
He was still being quizzed by detectives last night.
Northumbria police say they believe the two men knew each other and no weapon was used in the attack.
A police presence remained at the scene – on a road leading into a housing estate off Stephenson Road – yesterday evening and the road was cordoned off.
The victim’s next of kin have been informed and police said they hope to release more information today.
Northumbria Police Chief Superintendent Gordon Milward said: “I’d like to reassure people that a man has been arrested and it’s believed the two men are known to each other.
“An investigation is underway and I’d urge anyone with information to contact police.
“Extra patrols are taking place in the area to reassure residents and address any concerns they may have.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.