A MURDER victim has been identified by police as Sean Mason.

The 55-year-old suffered serious injuries at around 3am on Saturday.

Police were called to Avondale Avenue, Penshaw, and he was taken to hospital but died as a result of his injuries a short time later.

Two men have now been charged with his murder.

Steven Milroy, 47, of Avondale Avenue and Wayne Froud, 36, of Wensleydale Avenue, are due to appear at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

A third male, aged 38, who was arrested shortly after the incident was released without charge and on Monday an 18-year-old woman was also arrested in connection with the incident. She remains in police custody at this time.

Detective Chief Inspector Sharon Chatterton, leading the investigation, said: “This is an incredibly difficult time for the family of Sean Mason and they are being supported by specialist officers.”