Three bailed after Sunderland hostel death

Police at the  Salvation Army hostel, Swan Lodge, in High Street East on Friday.
Police at the Salvation Army hostel, Swan Lodge, in High Street East on Friday.
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THREE people arrested after the death of a man at a hostel have been bailed

The 37-year-old’s body was found at the Salvation Army’s Swan Lodge, High Street East, Sunderland.

The man, who has not yet been named, was found dead shortly before 9am yesterday.

Detectives arrested three men, aged 21, 26 and 30, in connection with the death. They have now been bailed

The hostel caters for single homeless people over 18, with more than 20 staff.

A 30-year-old man, who lives near the building but did not want to be named, said: “There’s always bother there. I saw a couple of people fighting outside there when I was coming back from the match on Tuesday, but I hadn’t heard anything about someone dying until just now.”

A woman who lives in Cork Street, said she had been aware of a strong police presence.

The 75-year-old, who did not want to be named, said: “I was up early and although I didn’t hear anything the night before I saw the police vans.

“You wonder what has happened there for someone to die.”

A woman who works at the Quayside Exchange Wedding and Conference Centre, in High Street East, said: “I came in at about 10am and saw the police cars. Someone told me they had been there a while so it was obviously serious.”

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Police are investigating the death of a 37-year-old man at the Salvation Army, in High Street East, Sunderland.

“At 8.50am on Friday, police were informed by staff of the death, which at the moment is being treated as unexplained.

“A post-mortem is being carried out to establish the cause of death. Three men been arrested and are helping the police with their inquiries.”

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