A man has been arrested after a woman died in Hebburn just after four o'clock yesterday (December 17th).
Officers were called to the address in Dorset Avenue in Hebburn after an 86-year-old woman is thought to have died suddenly.
A 57-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death, which is currently being treated as unexplained. He is believed to have been known to her.
Police are not looking for anyone in connection with the death.
"This is currently an unexplained death and enquiries are in the early stages to establish a cause of death.
I'd like to reassure people that the arrested man helping police with enquiries is known to the woman and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death."
The search is on to find relatives of a soldier who fought in the First World War whose letters and photographs have just been found in Hebburn.
Two sepia photographs of young soldiers in uniform and a letter dated September 1918 were uncovered when a garden was being cleared at Lake View in Hebburn.
South Tyneside Council is trying to find relatives of the soldier who they believe the letters and photographs belong to.
One photo bears the date stamp of August 21st, 1943, and has an Essex address on the back of it. It is not known whether the soldier in the photograph is the author of the letter.
Unfortunately, most of the writing on the letter is too faded to read, but the signature of Jack Ringwood is still clearly legible.
"This letter and the photographs must have treasured memories attached to them and be of great sentimental value to someone out there.
The letter is over one hundred years old and is a piece of history.
It would be lovely to reunite these items with relatives of this young soldier."
Northern Powergrid believe that power will be restored to hundreds of homes in the Jarrow and Hebburn areas by mid-afternoon.
They have managed to restore power to around two hundred homes in the last hour, but expect the remaining seven hundred to be affected until around three o'clock.
Northern Powergrid have confirmed that 942 homes in the Jarrow and Hebburn areas are currently without power.
They became aware of problems with the power supply around five o'clock this morning when an initial 2800 homes were thought to be without power.
Engineers have managed to partially restore power to the area, but there are still thought to be over nine hundred homes affected.
Northern Powergrid are still investigating what the source of the problem is and hopefully expect the power to be restored by 12 o'clock.
They have apologised for any inconvenience that the power cut has caused.
Josef Craig, who won gold in the 400m freestyle swimming event in the Paralympics, has been met by school pupils, family and friends in Hebburn.
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