Police have today charged a man with two murders.
This follows the deaths of a married couple, 64 year-old Eric and 56-year-old Carol Ruddy who died at their home in Bentinck Street Elswick on Friday, December 12.
Officers were called to an address in Southwick Road at 11.13am on Sunday, December 14, following reports of a man with injuries.
Police and the ambulance service attended and found the body of a man who had died.
Martin Ruddy aged 28, of South Tyneside has been charged with two counts of murder and is due to appear before North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, December 15.