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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Enquiries are ongoing and police are appealing for information after the incident.
South Tyneside Council say despite its financial pressures, it is committed to regeneration, economic growth and job creation in the borough