Police are continuing a murder investigation after the death of a man in Hendon.
The victim, named locally as David Walsh, died after police received reports of an attack in Canon Cockin Street on Friday night.
Officers and paramedics were called at 11.10pm on Friday and Mr Walsh, said to be a dad of four and aged in his 40s, was taken to hospital. He was subsequently pronounced dead.
Six people were arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday and a seventh was arrested on Sunday.
They are still being quizzed by detectives.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Extra officers are in the area carrying out inquiries and are providing reassurance.
“Police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.”
•Anyone with information should call police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 1173 201115, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Tributes as community mourns
People have taken to Facebook to leave their tributes and condolences to Mr Walsh’s family.
Pam Bolden wrote: “My heart goes out to Trish and their children. David and Trish were indeed childhood sweethearts, they had been together all their adult lives, coping with this will be very difficult for them. My very best wishes and heartfelt condolences at this very sad time. Nobody’s life should be taken this way. X”
Heather Dobson said: “R.I.P ,and heart felt condolences to his family.”
Beefy England commented: “RIP boff mate thoughts are with your family xx.”
Sarah Kelly said: “R.i.p boff thoughts are with his family at this very sad time xx.”
Tish Cranner stated: “Hard working man taken away far too soon , rip xxx.”
Jade Shield said: “R.i.p boff thinking of all the family xxx.”
Vickie Stewart stated: “Words fail me! What a lovely bloke boff was. A well respected man in Hendon. My heart goes out to Trish and all the family. Prison is too good for the cowardly scum who ripped him from his family and friends. Rip Boff. Till we meet again xxx.”
Julie Crazybird Robson commented: “So sad another family devastated r.i.p x.”
Terry Wright said: “Knew this lad for years, rip Boff, be deeply missed thinking of all the family.”
Tracey Perry wrote: “R.i.P Boff thoughts are with trisha and the kids and his brothers and sister he will be deeply missed by a lot ov people xx.”
Linzi Helens said: “Such sad news rip xxx.”