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Detectives investigating the murder of a popular Newcastle United fan have found traces of DNA at his house.
John Roberts was found dead at his home in Gateshead in December.
Watch the lunchtime update from our correspondent Ben Chapman below.
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.
Police investigating the murder of John Roberts from Gateshead have arrested five people. 32 year old Mr Roberts was found dead inside his home in Park Terrace in Winlaton on Sunday December 16th 2012. He died as a result of a serious head injury.
Two men aged 27 and 21, a male aged 17, and a female aged 16 have been arrested on suspicion of murder and a 15-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. They are all in custody helping with enquiries.
Detectives are continuing to carry out enquiries in to the murder and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Detectives investigating the murder of a Gateshead man say that they have had a good response from the local community.
Northumbria Police issued an appeal for information after John Roberts was found dead inside a house in Park Terrace, Winlaton around six o'clock on Sunday evening.
A post mortem that was carried out established that the 32-year-old had died as a result of serious head injuries.
Mr Roberts' last confirmed sighting was on Thursday, December 13th and officers now need to trace his whereabouts since that day.
They are keen to speak to anyone who may have see Mr Roberts or spoken to him since Thursday, or anyone with any information that could help us track his movements since he was last seen.
Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was found dead in Gateshead last night. John Roberts died of head injuries.
He was facing charges of child abduction and was last seen when he appeared in court on Thursday.
Police are now trying to piece together what happened in the days before his death.
Here is the full report from Lucy Taylor.
Police are appealing for help to find out more about the movements of John Roberts from Winlaton prior to his death.
The 32-year-old was found dead in Gateshead this morning with serious head injuries.
Police are asking for anyone with information to come forward.
A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a man was found in Gateshead.
John Roberts was found dead at his home in Winlaton last night with serious head injuries.
He lived alone but was well known because of his distinctive appearance.
He was last seen on Thursday when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court facing abduction charges relating to a teenager.
A post-mortem has confirmed a man found dead in Gateshead had died of serious head injuries.
Northumbria Police have since launched a murder inquiry into the death of 32-year-old John Roberts.
He was found at a house in Park Terrace in Winlaton.