A witness found a 71-year-old man suffering from a heart attack after ‘spotting two masked men running out of a home’ in Washington, Sunderland, with a woman now arrested in connection with the incident
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A woman has been arrested after a pensioner died from a suspected heart attack following a ‘disturbance’ at a home.
Two masked men were reportedly seen with a bag leaving the property in Washington, Sunderland, at around 11pm on Friday.
A witness then entered the home and found a 71-year-old man inside suffering from a suspected heart attack.
He was rushed to hospital but sadly died, ChronicleLive reports.
A woman has now been arrested in connection with the incident, but police say they need to trace potential witnesses that were in the area at the time.
At around 11pm it was reported that a number of men, who had their faces covered, were seen leaving the property and running past the local working men’s club.
Officers are appealing for information from a number of people who were gathered outside Washington Gardeners CIU Club on Industrial Road at about 11pm on Friday – when the suspects reportedly ran past.
Det Chief Insp Graeme Dodds, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is clearly a serious incident that has ended with a man tragically dying as a result of suffering a suspected heart attack.
“We will continue to offer his family any support they need at this awful time, and are committed to finding out the circumstances preceding the man’s death.
“We know a group of individuals left his address and they ran past Washington Gardeners CIU Club. Up to five people were stood outside the club when the suspects ran past – and I’m today appealing for those individuals to come forward.
“They could have the crucial piece of evidence that proves the key to this whole investigation, so please come forward and speak with my team.
“We are continuing to carry out a number of enquiries into this incident and would ask the public for their support.
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“In particular, we want to hear from anybody living in the Hertburn Gardens area of Concord who may have seen a group of men walking in the area on Friday night, or anyone who received a knock on the door from any strangers.
“Your information, no matter how insignificant you feel it may be, could be hugely significant to our investigation.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting log NO-20210924-1288.