Police are appealing for information after a body was found in a car which had been set on fire near Sunderland.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service had been called to the fire around 12:50am on Tuesday morning to put out the blaze consuming the car.
In doing so, workers discovered the body inside of the car at the scene in Shiney Row, in the town of Houghton Le Spring.
Enquiries are ongoing, with the death of the individual currently being treated as unexplained.
Extra police officers have been deployed to the neighbourhood to reassure the locals.
Anyone with information and potential witnesses are asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 - using the reference number 53 150817 - or anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.