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Police have named a murder victim who was stabbed in Sunderland this morning.

It is believed that Joan Hoggett, of Grindon, Sunderland, died after being attacked in the One Stop Shop where she was at work.

Northumbria police say her family are being supported by specialist officers.      

Joan Hoggett (pictured) worked at the One Stop Shop. Police have arrested a 19-year-old on suspicion of her murder

Joan Hoggett (pictured) worked at the One Stop Shop. Police have arrested a 19-year-old on suspicion of her murder

Police have arrested a teenager on suspicion of murder after 62-year-old Joan was found with stab wounds.

Superintendent Paul Milner, of Northumbria Police, said: 'I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to Joan's family at this incredibly difficult time. 

'My message to the community is clear; we believe this to be an isolated incident with no wider risk to the public. One man has been arrested in connection with Joan's murder and is assisting police with their enquiries.

'I would like to thank residents and local businesses for their patience and cooperation. Anyone with any concerns is encouraged to speak to a nearby officer, and a police presence will remain in the area overnight.' 

Officers were called to an address in Sunderland at around 10.40pm on Wednesday, and found the woman seriously injured.   

Northumbria Police said the arrested suspect did not live 'in the immediate vicinity'.

Two parks in the area were also cordoned off, and specialist search officers in blue boiler-suits and plastic gloves were seen arriving at the crime scene.  

The force said there will be an increased police presence in the area to reassure the community. Sea Road is closed in both directions from the junction with Mere Knolls Road to the junction with Marshall Street. The public are advised to avoid the area. 

Forensic officers outside the One Stop Shop where the 62-year-old woman was murdered

Forensic officers outside the One Stop Shop where the 62-year-old woman was murdered

A One Stop spokesperson added: 'We are shocked and saddened by the incident, our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to our colleague's family and friends at this difficult time.

'We are currently supporting all colleagues involved and assisting police with their enquiries.

'Due to the nature of the incident, we are unable to comment any further at this time.' 

Police have deployed more officers to the scene at Sea Road (pictured) where the woman was found dead

Police have deployed more officers to the scene at Sea Road (pictured) where the woman was found dead

One resident who did not wish to be named, added: 'She had worked there a very long time - must have been 6-7 years, maybe longer. She was only doing her job.

'She could be quite abrupt but when you got to know her she had a real heart of gold. I can understand why she would have challenged this kid if he came into the shop.

'She was very much about 'you work and get paid' so if the young lad went in to steal something she wouldn't have stood for it. She was very much of that generation.

A large section of Sea Road, as well as some of the surrounding streets, have been cordoned off and over 10 police vehicles are on the scene. Police officers at the scene on Sea Road, Sunderland where a 62-year-old woman was stabbed.

Officers are investigating the scene at Sea Road, while forensics officers (right) examine the One Stop Shop newsagents

'It is just a shame she was just doing her job. You don't expect this to happen on your doorstep with someone you know.

'She seemed happy in her job.'

Another local, Harry Ryans, 75, who lives on Mitford Street just yards from where the attack happened, said he's never seen anything like this before.  

Locals have said the victim worked at the One Stop Shop store (pictured). Some residents have said that the area has recently seen problems with drug addicts

Locals have said the victim worked at the One Stop Shop store (pictured). Some residents have said that the area has recently seen problems with drug addicts

'I have lived here for over 50 years and I have never known anything like this happen before.

'I went out at 6:30 this morning to get my papers and the entire street was cordoned off.

'I've never seen anything like it.

Sea Road is closed in both directions from the junction and the public have been advised to avoid the area.

Sea Road is closed in both directions from the junction and the public have been advised to avoid the area.

'The police woman told me that someone had been stabbed in the One Stop and I was shocked.

'There has been a lot of break ins around here recently - one on the pub and one in the Subway sandwich shop, and quite a few cars have been stolen.

'It sounds as though it has been something similar.' 

The force said there will be an increased police presence in the area to reassure the community

The force said there will be an increased police presence in the area to reassure the community

Another local resident, Derek Campbell, 55, also said there have been problems with local drug addicts shoplifting food, sweets and alcohol.

He said: 'They have been chased away and barred many times, but they take no notice.'

'I have lived in the street for eight years. She's a nice lady, helpful, like all of them in that shop.'

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