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.
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.
Police investigating the murder of John Roberts have released two people on bail. They were arrested alongside three men on Thursday February 28th. The well known Newcastle United fan was found dead at his home in Park Terrace in Winlaton, Gateshead in December.