Two men - one from Blackpool - have been charged with murder after a woman’s body was found in a burning car.
Emergency services had been extinguishing a car fire in Sunderland when they discovered a body inside in the early hours of Tuesday.
They had been called to Success Road in Shiney Row, Houghton.
Northumbria police have identified the victim as Quyen Ngoc Nguyen, aged 29, from the Killingworth area.
Stephen Unwin, aged 39, of St Oswald’s Terrance in Houghton and William McFall, aged 50, of Waterloo Road in Blackpool, have been charged with murder.
Speaking after the car was discovered one woman, who lives in nearby Trinity Park, and did not wish to be named, said she called the police after being woken by a loud noise.
She said: “I heard the noise, a bang, looked out and saw the flames - it was a car on fire, you could tell.
“The police and the fire brigade came straight away.”
Another man, who has kept one of the allotments near where the car was found for around 40 years, said the news was a “terrible shock for the neighbourhood”.
He added: “It’s a quiet and secluded area here. It’s come out of the blue - things like this just don’t happen in Shiney Row.”
A spokesperson for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “A Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service crew from Rainton Bridge attended a car fire at Success Road in Shiney Row in Houghton on Tuesday morning. We are continuing to work with Northumbria Police.”
Both Unwin and McFall appeared at Newcastle Crown Court this morning.
Any witnesses are asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 39 150817 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.