A man in his 40s was found dead on a North East street this morning after police were made aware of a welfare concern.

A cordon in Byker area of Newcastle was soon erected and police could be seen in the area.

Police confirmed that at around 8.05am this morning, police received reports of a welfare concern on Ayton Street.

Emergency services attended the scene and found a man in his 40s who had sadly died.

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A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers.

“An investigation was launched into the man’s death, which police are currently treating as unexplained.

“Enquiries are ongoing."