THE body of a woman, who is thought to have been sleeping rough, has been found near Newcastle United's football stadium.

At 2.36am on Friday, police received a report that a body had been found in a car park at St James’ Park.

Emergency services attended and the body of a woman – who is believed to have been sleeping rough – was found.

An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the death and a formal identification process is ongoing.

Northumbria police are appealing for information.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact them on 101 quoting reference 83 080219 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.