A Northumbria Police spokesperson confirmed officers had been called to a site near Herrington Country Park shortly after 7am today, Saturday, September 28.
They said: “At around 7.15 this morning (Saturday) police received a report of a body being found near to Chislehurst Road in Houghton-le-Spring.
“Emergency services attended and found the body of a man.
“Enquiries are ongoing to locate next of kin and formal identification is yet to take place.”
Reveller needed 22 stitches to his head after shocking Sunderland city centre attack
Farmer who lived a ‘James Bond type fantasy’ and told girlfriend he was in Secret Service jailed after gun found hidden in his chicken coop
Watch as section of Fawcett Street sealed off after bus collision in Sunderland city centre
£1,000 reward for arrest of wanted Sunderland man Christopher Lee Ball
Stretch of Wessington Way closed in Sunderland from Sainsbury's to the Spire Bridge after crash between motorbike and car
One man said he had been taken aback to see the activity by the emergency services this morning.
“It was probably half past eight, nine o’clock,” he said.
“Nothing happens down here, so I was quite surprised when I saw all the lights going.