10:26 am, Thu 28 Feb 2013
John Roberts was found dead in his home in December
Credit: Northumbria Police
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.
4:06 pm, Tue 18 Dec 2012
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.
"Mr Roberts was a well-known man and it's important to remember he was someone's son who was violently attacked and we need people to keep coming forward with any information.
We know a lot of people have been paying tribute to Mr Roberts following his death - which shows he was a familiar face aound Gateshead and Newcastle.
We understand how an incident like this can cause a degree of concern among the local community.
We'd like to stress there is no suggestion of any risk to the wider public and we have extra local officers in the area carrying out enquiries and speaking to residents."
– Assistant Chief Constable Steve Ashman, Northumbria Police
6:20 pm, Mon 17 Dec 2012
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.
2:07 pm, Mon 17 Dec 2012
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.
2:04 pm, Mon 17 Dec 2012
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.
10:15 am, Mon 17 Dec 2012
Police said John Roberts was "distinctive looking", with long hair and a beard.
Credit: Northumbria Police
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.