Neighbours have told the Echo about the confusion in their street after police launched a murder probe.
Five men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was killed in Canon Cockin Street, Hendon, last night.
As police forensic teams worked just doors away, residents described how they woke up to police vans, tape and rumours.
A pensioner who lives in the street, but did not want to be named, said that there has been a lot of gossip but no-one seemed to know what had actually happened.
She said: "I was in bed last night when I got woken up by the blue flashing lights around 11pm.
"I peered out my window and saw some police cars, then went back to bed.
"An officer has told me that an incident had happened further down the street this morning, but I don't know what's happened or what's going on now."
Mary Greenwood, 87, said the confusion was partly down to people no longer knowing who they were living in the street with
She said: "We used to know everyone and exactly who used to live at each house but now we have no idea. All the bairns used to play together and we used to be in and out of each others houses."
A woman, who lives around the corner from the incident but did not want to be identified, added: "The word on the street is that there's been a murder, but I don't know any more details than that."