Police have launched a murder investigation after a fatal stabbing in Newcastle.
At 3:50pm on Monday, October 17, police received a report from the ambulance service that two people had been taken to hospital after being assaulted in Stanhope Street in Arthurs Hill.
They both suffered stab wounds and were taken to hospital for treatment.
The 25-year-old man remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition at this time, however the 27-year-old woman sadly died as a result of her injuries.
Three men, aged 22, 25 and 25, have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently in police custody.
Officers remain at the scene this evening and a section of Stanhope Road is closed off to allow for enquiries to be carried out.
Extra patrols are being carried out in the local area to reassure residents and identify and speak to potential witnesses.
The investigation is in its very early stages and although three arrests have been made detectives are very keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Stanhope Street around the time of the incident and who might have seen or heard anything to contact them on 101 quoting reference number 702 17/10/16.
Any witnesses who would prefer to pass information to the police anonymously can do so by ringing the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.