Police have arrested two men on suspicion of murder after a woman’s body was found in a burning car. The fire brigade and police were called at 12.50am yesterday morning to a blaze in Success Road, Shiney Row, near Sunderland.
Fire crew made the gruesome discovery of a body as the flames were extinguished. It has since been identified as that of a woman – but she is yet to be named. Northumbria Police said two men aged 39 and 50 have been arrested on suspicion of murder and were in custody.
A neighbour, who lives in nearby Trinity Park, and did not wish to be named, said she had called the police after being woken by a loud noise. She said: “I heard the noise, a bang, looked out and saw the flames – it was a car on fire, you could tell. The police and the fire brigade came straight away.”