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Woman charged with murder after death of a man in Birtley

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A woman has been charged with murder after the death of a man in Gateshead on Thursday.

At around 11pm on Thursday police received a report of concern for a man at a residential address in Jasmine Terrace, Birtley.

Emergency services attended the scene and found the man with injuries consistent with a stabbing. He was worked on by paramedics but the man was sadly pronounced dead soon after.

The man has since been named as Atakan Atay, 45, who lived at the address in Jasmine Terrace. His next of kin have now been informed and they are receiving specialist support from officers at this time.

An investigation into the circumstances around the death have been ongoing and a 42-year-old woman has been in police custody since Thursday evening.

Helena Karine Atay, 42, of Jasmine Terrace, Birtley, has been charged with murder

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Sharon Chatterton, said: “A murder investigation is always tragic for those involved and our thoughts go out to family at this very difficult time.

“We have had extra officers on patrol in the area concerned because we appreciate the impact that this kind of incident can also have upon the wider community.

“We want to reassure the public that this is being treated as an isolated incident and a woman has now been charged in connection with Atakan’s death.

“We will remain in the area of Jasmine Terrace in the coming days and anyone with information that may be useful to police is asked to call 101.”

If you have any information about this incident, please contact police by calling 101 quoting log number 1335 18/10/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.