A man has been charged with murder following a suspected stabbing in Newbottle on Christmas Day.
Simon Birch died following a suspected attack at an address on Sunderland Road, despite the best efforts of emergency services to save his life.
The 39-year-old from Sunderland was found with a serious injury consistent with having been caused by a bladed article.
A short while after the alleged incident, police arrested a suspect and brought him into custody.
Adam Jenkins, 34, of Sunderland Road, Newbottle, has now been charged with murder.
He will appear in court on Monday.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “A man has been charged with murder following a suspected assault in Sunderland.
“An investigation was launched shortly before 11.20pm on Saturday (December 25) when officers were alerted by the ambulance service that a man had been injured at an address on Sunderland Road, Newbottle.
“Emergency services attended and found 39-year-old Simon Birch of Sunderland with a serious injury consistent with having been caused by a bladed article. Despite efforts by paramedics, sadly he died at the scene.
“Simon’s next of kin are continuing to be offered support by specialist family liaison officers at this time.
“A suspect was arrested a short time after the alleged incident and was brought into custody.
“Adam Jenkins, 34, of Sunderland Road, Newbottle has now been charged with murder and is due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle today (Monday).”
Detective Inspector Graeme Barr, of Northumbria Police, said: “Our thoughts remain with Simon’s family and we would ask that their privacy is respected at this awful time.
“A man has now been charged with Simon’s murder and I would ask that people refrain from any speculation on social media or in the local community that could prejudice the live case.
“All parties are believed to be known to each other and there is no wider threat to the public.
“I would like to thank the community for their support and cooperation throughout this investigation, as well as all those who have assisted with our enquiries.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20211225-0752.