Murder-probe cops name man found dead in Sunderland flat – and focus on ‘mugging’

The area in Southwick sealed off by police tape after an incident which took place at the weekend.
The area in Southwick sealed off by police tape after an incident which took place at the weekend.
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POLICE have named the man who was found dead at a Sunderland flat at the weekend.

It comes after police received a report of a man with injuries inside an address in Southwick Road, Southwick, on Sunday morning.

Police and the ambulance service attended and David Wilson, who was 51-years-old, from Southwick Road, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

A murder investigation is ongoing and as part of this inquiry officers are appealing for witnesses to an alleged incident that happened in the Southwick Green area of Sunderland between 3.30am and 4.15am on Sunday, December 14.

Police received a report from a man saying he had been mugged in the area around the Post Office ATM in Southwick Green.

Officers want to speak to and identify a man and woman who were seen in that area as it is believed they may have information that could help with the investigation.

Anyone who was in the area around the Post Office at Southwick Green between 3.30am and 4.15am and saw anyone in the area is asked to come forward and contact police as soon as possible.

DCI Christina Barrett said: “We have a 34-year-old man in custody on suspicion of murder and extensive enquiries are underway.

“As part of these enquiries we are looking to see if an alleged mugging that was reported to have happened in the area around Southwick Green is connected in anyway.

“We believe that there were people in the area near to the Post Office ATM between 4.05am and 4.20am.

“We need these people to come forward and contact us.

“I’d ask that they, or anyone with information into who they might be, contact us on 101 so we can speak to them.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 583 14/12/14 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.