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16 August 2017, 10:06 | Updated: 16 August 2017, 10:55
Police have arrested two men on suspicion of murder, after a body of a woman was found inside a burning car in Houghton-Le-Spring
The pair, aged 39 and 50, are currently in police custody.
Officers have now identified the alleged victim as a woman.
15th August 2017, 10:12am
Firefighters were called to Success Road in Shiney Row at around 12.50 am this morning (15/8).
As they were putting out the fire, they found the body inside.
Police are currently treating the death as unexplained - and are currently carrying out enquiries to work out what happened.]
Extra officers are also on patrol in the area.
Anyone with information that may help is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 39 150817 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.