POLICE have launched a murder investigation after a man's body was found in a house.

The incident occurred at the property on Stanley Street, North Shields.

A police spokesman said a call was received from someone concerned about the welfare of the man at around 1.40am on Thursday.

On arrival, police discovered the body of a man in his 50s.

He has not been named as police are attempting to trace next of kin.

The spokeswoman said the death was being treated as suspicious and a 20-year-old local man had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room at Byker by dialling 03456 043 043 or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.