A man has been charged with murder after a body was found inside a house.

Simon Bowman, 54, was found dead inside the property in High Street, Jarrow, South Tyneside, on Tuesday. He had not been seen since Sunday.

A 30-year-old man from Washington appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court earlier.

He was remanded in custody and the case will next be heard at Newcastle Crown Court on 20 May.

Northumbria Police are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area between Sunday and Tuesday to come forward.