A MAN has been charged with the murder of his father and grandmother.

Police were called to Front Street in Benton, North Tyneside, at 9.15pm yesterday (Tuesday, February 11) after reports of a man causing a disturbance and running around in the road.

Officers detained 25-year-old Glen Patterson and inquiries led them to a house in the street, where they found the bodies of a 61-year-old Ray Patterson and 82-year-old Clara Patterson.

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Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The results of post mortem examinations are expected in the morning (Thursday, February 13).

Glen Patterson has been charged with two counts of murder and has been remanded in custody to appear at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning (Thursday, February 13).

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Young, who is leading the investigation, said an ''extensive investigation'' was under way and appealed for anyone who saw or heard anything in Front Street at the time to get in touch.

Since the incident, police have been stationed outside the house, with officers at the front and rear of the property.

Forensic experts have been seen entering the house, which is close to a primary school and the Newcastle United training ground.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.