Following a Christmas Day attack, a man has been arrested for murder.
Northumbria Police identified the victim as Simon Birch (39), a Sunderland man who was killed in an attack using a knife on Saturday at 11:20 PM.
It took place at Sunderland Road Newbottle Tyne and Wear.
Northumbria Police spokesperson said that Simon Birch, 39, of Sunderland was found with serious injuries consistent with being caused by a bladed item.
“Despite all efforts of paramedics he tragically died at the scene.”
Northumbria Police attended the scene of the alleged murder at an address in Sunderland Road, Newbottle, Tyne and Wear, in the night of December 25
According to the force, family liaison officers are working alongside Mr Birch’s loved ones in support of them.
The suspect was quickly arrested and taken into police custody.
Adam Jenkins, aged 34, from Sunderland Road (Newbottle), has been accused of murder. He was scheduled to appear in Newcastle Magistrates Court on Monday.
Northumbria Police detective Inspector Graeme Barr stated: “Our thoughts and prayers remain with Simon’s family. We would request that their privacy be respected during this horrible time.”
Northumbria Police has encouraged anybody with information regarding Mr Birch’s passing to contact them by calling 101 or using their Tell Us Something webpage online.
“A man was charged in Simon’s death. Please refrain from speculation on social media and within your local area that might prejudice the actual case.”
According to the statement, “All parties believed to know each other. There is no larger threat to public safety.”
“I’d like to express my gratitude for the support and cooperation shown throughout this investigation as well as those who assisted us with our inquiries.”
Anybody with any information should call 101 to report it or visit the Tell Us Something page of Northumbria Police.