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 Murder investigation launched after man dies in Durham

 19/03/2020

​Police have launched a murder investigation after a man died in Durham City earlier today.


Officers were called at 8.30am following reports that a 41-year-old man had been found with what are believed to be stab wounds in Mitchell Street.


Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service and Great North Air Ambulance also attended, but the man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. 


Formal identification has yet to take place, but police believe they know the identity of the deceased. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course.


A police cordon remains in place around the scene and people are being urged to avoid the area while officers carry out their enquiries.


Durham bus station has also been closed and buses are being diverted.


Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Green, who is leading the investigation, said: “This investigation is in the very early stages and we are working to establish exactly what has happened.


“I would like to thank the local community for their patience, understanding and cooperation while we deal with the incident in what are already difficult times.


“We will remain in the area for a significant amount of time and there will be inevitable disruption, but we are working as hard as we can to enable the public to get back to normal as quickly as possible.


“I would like to speak to anyone who was in the area between 7am and 8.30am today and saw anything that could help our investigation.”


Anyone who has any information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident number 56 of March 19.


Alternatively, information can be passed on to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.