A MAN who may have seen murder suspects is being asked to come forward to help in the investigation of the death of a woman who was discovered in a burning vehicle.

Police are investigating the murder of Quyen Ngoc Nguyen, a mother-of-one from North Tyneside.

The Vietnamese woman was found in a vehicle in Success Road, in Shiney Row, near Houghton-le-Spring, in the early hours of Tuesday, August 15.

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Police are appealing for a key witness to come forward.

The man has been identified on CCTV walking past the Golden Fry fish shop in Shiney Row at around 12.14am in the early hours of Tuesday, August 15, and officers believe he could be a key witness.

From the image he appears to have a bottle in one hand and possibly a hat in the other. He is wearing a hooded top with stripes on the arms and a t-shirt with writing on, loose trousers or jogging bottoms and trainers.

Police are keen to identify and speak to the man as a key witness as he may have seen the suspects and officers may consider releasing the image to help identify him.

The man, or anyone who thinks they may know who he is, is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 39 150817 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Two men have appeared in court in connection with the incident.

Stephen Unwin, 39, of St Oswald's Terrace, Houghton, and William McFall, 50, of Waterloo Road, Blackpool, have been charged with murder.