A MURDER investigation has been launched after a man’s body was found at a house.

Police were called to Trafalgar Road in Washington at about 2.20pm on Tuesday and officers received a report of concern.

Emergency services attended and found the body of a 31-year-old.

A post-mortem is being carried out to determine the cause of death.

Detectives have launched a murder investigation and are carrying out enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector John Bent, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is a tragic incident that has resulted in the death of a 31-year-old man.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this time, who are being supported by specialist officers.

“We are treating this incident as a suspected murder at this stage, and a team of experienced detectives are now working to determine the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

“We have already spoken to a number of individuals in connection with the investigation and two men have been arrested. They are assisting officers with their enquiries.”

Two men, aged 24 and 28, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

They are currently in police custody assisting officers with their enquiries.

DCI Bent said: “Deaths such as this have an inevitable impact on the local community, and we are eager to work with the public to determine how this terrible incident occurred.

“There will be an increased police presence in the local area as officers carry out enquiries and offer reassurance to members of the public. Anyone with concerns should speak to an officer.”