Neighbours speak of sadness after two men are found dead inside Sunderland flat
Families living close to a flat where two men were found dead have spoken of their shock following the tragedy.
Police have described the deaths as ‘unexplained’ with inquiries ongoing into the circumstances.
Neighbours living close to the upstairs flat said they became aware of an increasing police presence as Thursday afternoon went on, with officers only leaving the scene at around 7pm on Friday.
One woman, aged in her 20s, said: “I wasn't sure what was going on, but I saw lots of police vans and cars and dogs and other vehicles.
"The lad who lived there was really quiet.”
A local taxi driver said he had spotted police vehicles close by as he passed the scene, with one parked close to the parkland around Barnes Burn.
"It’s very sad to hear what’s happened, I had thought something must have happened in the park.”
A couple living close by said they also spotted police activity outside the flat and had been spoken to by officers as house-to-house inquiries were carried out in the street.
The 63-year-old man said: “I came home at about 3.30pm yesterday and there was a police van outside and they got out and tried to drill the lock and then they used the big red key to get in.
"I saw about half a dozen go in, they were in for about a minute and then they came down and started repairing the door and then a paramedic came and went in and came out a short time later.
“The lad who lives there has always kept himself to himself, we used to see him go out to work.”
His 62-year-old wife added: "It’s so sad.
“We saw the police there, the forensics in white suits, about five of them.
"It’s absolutely tragic, terrible.”
A Northumbria Police spokesperson the deaths are currently being treated as unexplained with inquiries ongoing, with the men’s relations notified.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the force via the Tell Us Something page of the force’s website or by calling 101 quoting log 627 250221.