Detectives investigating a murder in North Shields have arrested three people.
A 22-year-old man was found dead at a property in Stanley Street on Friday, May 10.
At 6am this morning, Saturday, May 11, officers arrested a 17-year-old boy and two men, aged 18 and 22, all from the North Shields area. All three remain in police custody.
"It's still vital that anyone with any information contacts us and passes on anything as soon as possible. We are especially keen to hear from anyone who might have seen anything or anyone suspicious in Stanley Street in the days leading up to this incident."
– Ch Supt Steve Neill, Northumbria Police
The police say there is nothing to suggest that there is any risk to the wider public.
People can speak to officers either face to face in the area, by ringing 101 extension 69191 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A 24-year-old man has been jailed following a crackdown on drugs in North Shields.
Ian Maholem, of Tonbridge Avenue, was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison for possession of a Class C drug with intent to supply with an additional three-week sentence to run concurrently for possession of cannabis.
Maholem was targeted by the police when more than 160 tamazepam tablets were recovered along with two bags of cannabis from an address on Albion Road.
Officers also recovered two mobile phones, £200 cash and drug paraphernalia.
"This serves as a warning to criminals that we are watching and will catch those involved in drug-related crimes.
"Maholem is just one example of an offender who we've put behind bars. Our team uses intelligence to monitor drug activity in the area and we're aware of key players and hotspot areas.
"It is part of our crackdown on crime and disorder in the area. We're listening to the concerns of residents and ensuring that we keep their neighbourhood a safe place to live."
"Anyone with any concerns can contact the team at any time."
– Neighbourhood Inspector Geoff Cross
The North Shields Neighbourhood Team can be contacted on 101 ext 69191 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org