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Women arrested after fatal stabbing

Two women have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a young man was found stabbed to death.

Police have launched a murder investigation after the man's body was found at a house in Peterlee, County Durham.

Officers and paramedics were called to an incident at a semi-detached house in Sledmere Close, where they found a 20-year-old man in the living room, covered in blood after apparently having received multiple stab wounds.

Despite efforts to revive him he was pronounced dead at the scene. Two women, aged 24 and 20 were arrested at the house.

Officers from Northumbria Police, acting on behalf of their colleagues in Durham arrested a 19-year-old man at an address in Holywell Avenue, Walker.

He and the two women are being held on suspicion of murder and all three will be interviewed later by detectives from Durham.

A man and a woman were also arrested by Northumbria Police at the house in Walker on suspicion of assisting an offender. They are currently in custody on Tyneside.

Much of Sledmere Close in Peterlee has been cordoned off to allow a forensic examination of the scene to get under way and for house-to-house inquiries to take place. So far the murder weapon, which is thought to have been a knife, has not been traced.

Around 30 detectives and other specialist staff are working on the case and an incident room has been established at Peterlee police station, under the supervision of the senior investigating officer, Det Supt Ken Donnelly.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place, and anyone with information should contact the incident room at Peterlee on 0345 6060 365 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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