DETECTIVES investigating the murder of a Vietnamese woman whose body was found in a burning car have released an image of a key witness they wish to trace.

Quyen Ngoc Nguyen was found dead in a vehicle in Success Road, Shiney Row, in the early hours of Tuesday, August 15 and two men were arrested.

Stephen Unwin, 39, of St Oswald's Terrace, Houghton, and William McFall age 50 of Waterloo Road, Blackpool, have been charged with murder.

Officers have been viewing CCTV and identified a man walking past the Golden Fry fish shop in Shiney Row at around 12.14am the same day.

There is no suspicion of any wrong doing at all by the man, officers are keen to speak to him solely as a potential witness.

From the image he appears to have a bottle in one hand and possibly a hat in the other.

He is wearing a hooded top with stripes on the arms and a t-shirt with writing on, loose trousers or jogging bottoms and trainers.

A description of the man has already been released, however, he has yet to be identified.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Cole said: "I would like to reiterate this man is not in any trouble and not involved in the incident in anyway, however, we think he may be a key witness and be able to help in our investigation which is why we're keen to identify and speak to him."

The man, or anyone who thinks they may know who he is, is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 39 150 817.