A woman has tragically died following a medical emergency inside a Superdrug store.

Emergency services were called to the retailer’s Houghton-le-Spring branch on Saturday (February 4) afternoon following reports of a medical emergency in the store.

Four ambulance crews were sent to the Superdrug store and the woman was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital.

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Sadly, she was later confirmed as deceased and her next of kin informed.

Her death is not being treated as suspicious.

An eyewitness told The Northern Echo: “We saw the ambulances going to Superdrug but didn’t know what was going on.”

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A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “At around 1.30pm on Saturday (February 4) police received a report via the ambulance service of a medical emergency inside of a premises on Newbottle Street in Houghton-le-Spring.

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“Emergency services attended but sadly a woman was later confirmed as deceased. Her next of kin are aware.

“The woman’s death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be made for the coroner.”

A spokesperson for the North East Ambulance Service added: "We were called at 13.19pm on Saturday 4 February to a medical incident at a retail premises in Houghton le Spring. We sent one clinical team leader and four emergency ambulances. One patient was transported to Sunderland Royal Hospital."

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