A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the suspected murder of two people found dead in a flat yesterday.

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the bodies of a man and woman were found in a property on Thornaby Road, Thornaby, around 2:10pm on Wednesday 21st December.

Cleveland Police is continuing to work to identify the victims.

A 21-year-old man remains in police custody. He has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Carr, said: “A man and woman have sadly died and a man remains in police custody in connection with the incident.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who may have been passing the flats on Thornaby Road, which were formerly known as The Royal George Pub, between 10am and 11am on Wednesday 21st December. If anyone was passing and saw anyone acting suspiciously or any suspicious activity, please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101, quoting incident number 228839.

Independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555 111.