Police launch murder investigation in Sunderland

Kemble Square on Sunday Credit: ITV News

Police investigating the death of a man in Sunderland are now treating the incident as murder.

Officers were called at 10.50pm on Saturday April 22 to Kemble Square in the Downhill area, to reports of concern for a man.

Emergency services attended but despite the efforts of paramedics a 42-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Police can now reveal the man is Barry Solomon who lived in Kemble Square.

Four people - a 29-year-old woman and three male youths - were arrested in connection with the death.

The males have been released on bail while the woman has been released under investigation.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing but police have now said they are treating the man’s death as murder.

A cordon remains in place at an address on Kemble Square and extra officers will be on patrol in the area to carry out enquires and reassure any concerned members of the public.

They are also appealing for anyone with any information that could help detectives on the case to get in touch.

We still need to establish exactly what has happened during this incident and so need anyone with information that may help police to get in touch. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who heard a disturbance in the Kemble Square area on Saturday evening or earlier in the week.> Even the smallest piece of information could be the last piece of the jigsaw that allows us to establish the circumstances around Barry’s death. We understand residents in the area may be concerned that this has happened on their doorstep but they should be reassured that this is an isolated incident and extra officers are in the area if they want to speak about any concerns."

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb