Police have arrested a man wanted in connection with a murder investigation in Sunderland.

Extensive searches had been ongoing to locate Alexander Carr after officers identified him as a key individual following the discovery of a woman’s body.

Michelle Hanson was found deceased at a property in Brady Street in Sunderland on December 3.

Since then, officers have been working to piece together what happened and to bring anyone involved to justice.

The Northern Echo: Michelle Hanson was sadly foun dead at a property in Sunderland on December 3Michelle Hanson was sadly foun dead at a property in Sunderland on December 3 (Image: Northumbria Police)

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Officers identified Carr, from Sunderland, as a key individual who they wanted to speak to in connection with their enquiries.

The now 33-year-old was arrested in London last night (Wednesday, December 21). He is currently in police custody.

Senior Investigating Officer on the case, Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Barr, said: “First and foremost, our thoughts continue to be with Michelle’s family at this devastating time and our specially-trained officers will continue to support them in any way we can.

“Her family deserve answers and we are committed to finding out what has happened and bringing anyone involved to justice.”

The Northern Echo: Alexander CarrAlexander Carr (Image: Northumbria Police)

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He added: “We would like to thank the public for their assistance so far and would ask anybody who has any information who hasn’t already come forward to contact police.

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“We would also ask that people avoid any speculation that could jeopardise the ongoing investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20220312-0434.