Police have launched an investigation after a man’s body was found in Newcastle early this morning (Wednesday, May 31).

Shortly after 12 am today, officers were alerted by the ambulance service to a report of concern for the welfare of a man in a field off Highbury, Jesmond.

Despite an emergency service response, the man was declared dead at the scene.

His death is being treated as unexplained, with a full investigation launched by police.

A police cordon remains in place at the scene in Highbury, Jesmond, and officers are carrying out a range of enquiries in the area.

 The man’s next of kin have been notified and are being offered support by specially-trained officers at this time.

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Superintendent Sharon Chatterton, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is clearly an incredibly difficult time for the man’s family and our thoughts are with them.

“The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the man’s death is at a very early stage and we are keeping an open mind as to what may have occurred.

“Those enquiries are very much ongoing and a considerable police presence remains in the area as officers carry out a range of enquiries at the scene.

“I would encourage any members of the public who have any concerns, or who have any information that may assist our investigation, to speak to an officer in the area or get in touch immediately.

“I would also ask everyone to avoid any speculation – both online and in the wider community – that could jeopardise the investigation.”

Anyone with information can contact us via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20230530-1450.