A PENSIONER has been arrested following the death of a Wearside grandmother.
Carole Hagan, 56, of South Hylton, died in Sunderland Royal Hospital at the weekend after receiving treatment for serious injuries.
Northumbria Police were called by staff to the hospital on Friday evening because of the seriousness of Ms Hagan’s condition, and she died at around 3.20pm on Saturday.
It is thought she had been admitted some weeks earlier and was being treated for a fracture to her hip.
A 69-year-old man, who was known to the grandmother, has been arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed pending further inquiries.
Stunned neighbours in Meadow Drive said they could not believe what had happened to Ms Hagan.
Norman Smart, 77, said: “We knew she was in hospital and the woman over the road came to tell me she had died. It is terrible.
“It is a very quiet area around here, they are all old people living in the bungalows.”
Another upset friend and neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she and her husband had been enjoying a quiet drink in the garden with Ms Hagan one evening a couple of weeks ago and saw the ambulance take her to hospital the following day.
She said: “She was having a drink with us in the garden and when she left, I gave her a kiss and said ‘see you later hun’, but I never saw her again.
“The next thing we knew was the ambulance at her house the next morning.
“She phoned me and said she had broken her hip and they were going to operate.”
Ms Hagan’s friend said she later heard that her neighbour had taken a turn for the worse and police broke the news to her that she had died.
She said: “Carole was a generous person and would give you her last.
“She lived for her grandbairns, she idolised them. It is so sad.”
Neighbours said Ms Hagan, who had a number of siblings, was a regular at Pennywell Comrades Club.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said inquiries are continuing to be carried out into the circumstances surrounding Ms Hagan’s death and investigations are in the early stages.