John 'The Badge' Roberts murder case

John 'The Badge' Roberts, 32, was found dead inside his home in Park Terrace, Winlaton on December 16 2012.

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Friends of a murdered man hope reconstruction leads to his killer

Friends and neighbours of John Roberts, who was battered to death in his home in Winlaton in December, say they hope a police reconstruction leads to the capture of his killers.

An actor retraced John Robers last known movements for police today. He was last seen arguing with an unknown man in the back lane behind his house, then went into his local shop to buy cigarette papers the evening before his body was found.

Police reconstruction in pictures

Northumbria Police are staging a reconstruction of the moments leading to the murder of a Gateshead man.

John Roberts, 32, was found dead in his home on Park Terrace, in Winlaton on 16th December 2012.

Here are some images of the police reconstruction:

Actors retracing the last time John Roberts was seen in the streets near his home in Winlaton Credit: ITV
Northumbria Police filming reconstruction Credit: ITV
The 32-year-old was last seen in the streets near his house Credit: ITV

Police stage reconstruction of Gateshead murder

John Roberts was a well known Newcastle United fan Credit: Northumbria Police

Police investigating the murder of a well-known Newcastle United supporter are staging a reconstruction of the final moments before his death.

John Roberts, known as 'John the Badge', was found dead at his home on Park Terrace in Winlaton, Gateshead on Sunday 16th December last year. He had suffered a serious head injury.

Eight people have been arrested in connection with the incident and released on police bail.

Actors are retracing the last time the 32-year-old was seen in the streets near his house.

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John Roberts murder appeal: CCTV images

The last confirmed sighting of John Roberts seen here on CCTV at Coral Bookmakers in Blaydon Credit: Northumbria Police

Detectives investigating the murder of a Gateshead man have released CCTV footage and images captured days before his death. The pictures show John Roberts at Coral Bookmakers in Blaydon.

The 32 year old was found dead inside his home in Park Terrace on Sunday December 16th 2012. He died of a serious head injury.

A murder investigation is underway and eight people have been arrested in connection with his death.

John Roberts murder investigation: Further arrests

John Roberts was a well known Newcastle United fan Credit: Northumbria Police

Three people have been arrested in connection with the death of John Roberts from Winlaton in Gateshead.

The 32-year-old was found dead at his home in Park Terrace on December 16th 2012.

Three men aged 27, 21 and 17, and a 16-year-old girl who were previously arrested on suspicion of murder remain on bail.

A 15-year-old girl who was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice also remains on bail.

Full Report: John the Badge murder investigation

Detectives investigating the murder of a popular Newcastle United fan have found traces of DNA in his house.

John Roberts was found dead in his home in Gateshead in December of last year.

Police want anyone who visited him to have a DNA test as they continue to hunt his killer, and are offering a cash reward for information.

You can watch Ben's full report below.

Gateshead murder - detectives find DNA

Detectives investigating the murder of a popular Newcastle United fan have found traces of DNA in his house.

John 'The Badge' Roberts - so called because he used to sell badges at St James' Park - was found dead at his home in Gateshead in December. He had suffered serious head injuries.

Police have found DNA belonging to a man and a woman at the house, at 11 Park Terrace in Winlaton. They are appealing for anyone who visited him to come forward and take a test to eliminate themselves from the investigation.

“What this means is we now have scientific evidence linking people to the crime scene, as we know whoever this DNA belongs to has visited John's house in Winlaton at some point. My message to anyone who has been inside John's house before his death and hasn't been in touch with us since the investigation began is to get in touch with us before we contact you."

– Det Supt Roger Ford, Northumbria Police

Three men, a teenage boy and two teenage girls have already been arrested in connection with the murder, and released on bail.

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