Tyne & Wear

Man's body found after Whitley Bay wheelie bin fire

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Image caption Forensic investigators are at the scene

A man's body has been found following a fire on North Tyneside.

Emergency services were called to an alley off Whitley Road in Whitley Bay at 06:20 GMT to reports of a fire at a bin store.

It was extinguished by fire crew, and a body was recovered. The area has been cordoned off and forensic investigators are at the scene.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Enquiries are in their very early stages in relation to this incident."

The spokesman added: "Officers are continuing to carry out enquiries to establish how the man died, however, at this stage there's currently no evidence to suggest he has been subject to any assault."

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