Tyne & Wear

Jillian Grant murder inquiry: Man charged over Christmas killing

Jillian Grant Image copyright Northumbria Police
Image caption Jillian Grant was found dead on Christmas Day

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman found dead at a house on North Tyneside on Christmas Day.

Jillian Grant, 38, of York Court, Wallsend, was found dead during a police search of a property on Tennyson Terrace in North Shields.

Mark Smith, 41, of Tennyson Terrace, is due before magistrates in North Shields on Friday.

He is charged with attempted murder in relation to an arson attack in Heaton.

Image caption Police were called to Tennyson Terrace after an arson attack in Heaton

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