A MURDER investigation has been launched by Northumbria Police following the death of a woman. 

Officers said they attended an incident at Linton near Morpeth, on Sunday evening, where they found a 47-year-old woman and a 15-year-old boy had been assaulted.

The woman, who has been named as Caroline Kayll, was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries, and has since died. 

Officers have now released an image of a man wanted in connection with the incident - 49-year-old Paul Robson, who is from Wallsend. 

Detectives leading the investigation said it was an isolated incident, and that there was no information to suggest Mr Robson was a danger to the wider public.

A police statement read: "Inquiries to establish the circumstances around the incident continue but we are treating Caroline’s death as murder.

"Paul Robson, who is from Wallsend, is known to Caroline and inquiries to locate him have been ongoing since the weekend.

"He is described as white, around 5ft 5in tall, of slim build, bald and he wears glasses. He is believed to have travelled to Glasgow and search activity has been focused in the city in recent days."

The statement added that a 58-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and remained in police custody.

Officers said the teenage boy suffered serious, but non-life threatening, injuries and had since been discharged from hospital. He is not related to Caroline or the suspect.

Superintendent Paul Milner, who is leading the search, has appealed for help from the public but offered reassurance that the attack is being treated as an isolated incident.

He said: “This has been a complex investigation that has seen officers carrying out enquiries across the region this week.

“We know that it has caused a great deal of concern, particularly the fact that a suspect in this case has not yet been arrested.

“I want to reassure you that this is being treated as an isolated incident and there is no information to suggest Paul Robson is a danger to the wider public.

“Extensive enquiries to locate Paul have continued in recent days and we are now appealing for help from the public to locate him.

“We would stress that this is a live murder investigation and an incredibly difficult time for Caroline’s family and the teenage boy injured in the attack.

“We would urge people not to speculate on any of the circumstances as it could hinder our investigation.

“Anyone who has information that could assist our investigation, or knows the location of the suspect, is asked to get in touch immediately.”

Anyone who believes they may be able to assist police is asked to report online via the Northumbria Police website quoting log 421 19/11/20.

People can also call police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.