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Man, 30, charged with murder after body of Simon Bowman found in Jarrow

54-year-old Simon Bowman was found dead at his house on Tuesday 14 May Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A man has been charged with murder after a body was found inside a house in Jarrow this week.

Simon Bowman, 54, was found dead by emergency services at his home address on High Street just after midday on Tuesday 14 May.

He had not been seen since Sunday and officers had been treating his death as suspicious.

Christopher Graham, 30, Romney Avenue, Washington, has been charged with one count of murder.

He was remanded in custody to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates Court on Friday morning.

Detective Chief Inspector John Bent said:

We know that these types of incidents can have a big impact on the local community.

We have had cordons and police activity in the area since Tuesday and we appreciate that this can be concerning for residents and businesses.

Officers have been on patrol in the area since Simon’s body was discovered and we have been engaging with members of the public.

I want to thank you for your patience during our investigation and I also want to thank those who came forward with information.

A man has now been charged with murder and will appear before the courts in due course but our enquiries will continue.

Anyone with information that may help police should still contact officers by calling 101 or reporting it online on the Northumbria Police website.”

– Detective Chief Inspector John Bent
A police cordon was put up at the scene in Jarrow Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Officers would ask that anyone who may have information, or who saw anything suspicious in the area between Sunday and Tuesday, to contact police.