Two bodies have been discovered by police at a house on Wearside.
Police were called to an address on Hylton Road in Sunderland at 4.20pm after a relative reported she was concerned for the welfare of the couple.
Police and paramedics attended the scene and found a man and a woman dead in the bedroom.
"The deaths are being treated as suspicious and we have additional officers in the area to reassure the local community and help with the investigation."
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