Police are appealing for witnesses after a body was found in a car that was on fire in Sunderland.
Firefighters were called out after reports of a car on fire at 12.50am in Success Road in Shiney Row.
They found the body in the vehicle while extinguishing the flames.
Police said the death is being treated as unexplained and enquiries are on-going.
The car was discovered in a side street leading from Success Road to nearby allotments.
One allotment holder, who has had a plot on the site for more than 40 years, who asked not to be named, said: "You do not get this in Shiney Row. It is a very quiet and secluded area.
"This will be a terrible shock to the neighbourhood. It just does not happen here."
The allotments are inside a police cordon and out of bounds while investigations continue.
A spokesman for Nothumbria Police said: "Extra police are in the area as officers carry out enquiries to establish the circumstances and offer reassurance to local residents.
"Anyone with information that may help is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 39 150817 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."