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Murder police continue to question man

Police investigating the murder of antiques dealer Peter Battle at Full Sutton continue to question a 26 year old man from North Yorkshire. He remains in Police custody and an application is to be made to the court for a Warrant of Further Detention.

Information is still being sought in relation to activity in and around the victim's home address, Whisker Cottage, in Full Sutton from around Christmas time to February 7 this year when Mr Battle's body was discovered.

Anyone who is approached to buy items that Mr Battle was known to trade in, such as silver and gold coins and sovereigns and silver cutlery is also asked to come forward with information.


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Detectives have revealed that a man found murdered at his home near York was a gold and silver antiques dealer. The body of Peter Battle, who was 56, was discovered at his house in Full Sutton almost a week ago. He'd died from severe head injuries.

Police want to find his relatives and get details of anyone who may have visited his cottage recently. A twenty six year old man has been arrested.

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Detectives to ask Newcastle fans for help over man's murder

Leaflet to be handed out to Newcastle fans, appealing for help over the murder of John Roberts Credit: Northumbria Police

Detectives will hand out this leaflet to fans heading to this afternoon's Newcastle game against Reading at St James's Park. John Roberts was a well known Newcastle fan and was nicknamed John "The Badge" by fellow supporters. He was found murdered in his home in Winlaton in Gateshead in December.

Police will then travel to Mr Roberts's home to hand out more leaflets to people in the area as they continue their appeal for help.

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Detectives ask Magpies fans for help over man's murder

Detectives will hand out leaflets to supporters going to this afternoon's Newcastle game against Reading at St James's park to appeal for help over the murder of a well know Magpie fan.

John Roberts was found dead in his home in Winlaton in Gateshead on December 16th. The 32 year old was a regular at St James's Park and was known amongst fellow fans as John 'The Badge'. Detectives will give out leaflets with a picture of Mr Roberts and details of his murder to appeal for help.

The murder team will also be in Winlaton tonight to hand out more leaflets to people living close to Mr Roberts's home in the hope of discovering new leads.

We need to track down and speak to anyone who might have seen Mr Roberts that Saturday evening. I'd urge anyone who thinks they saw him perhaps walking back from the shop or anywhere in the area to contact us with any information at all"

– Detective Superintendent Roger Ford, Northumbria Police

Man charged over County Durham murder

Lesley Caile, 48, was found dead at her home in Hunwick on Christmas Eve Credit: Durham Police

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman in County Durham.

The body of Lesley Caile, 48, was found at a house on North View in Hunwick on Christmas Eve. Forty-six-year-old Peter Edward Yorke has been charged with murder, and is due to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court on Saturday.


Police search for County Durham murder suspects

The detective leading the search for the killer of a County Durham father-of-two has issued the descriptions of two men seen running away from the scene.

David Scott, from Stanley, died in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary early on Sunday morning after being found injured in the back lane of Rose Avenue. The 33-year-old been stabbed.

Detective Superintendent Paul Goundry, from Northumbria Police said:

"One was described as around 5ft 8ins tall, of thin build, wearing a powder-blue zip-top body warmer over a grey hoodie, and light-coloured track suit bottoms.

"The other man was smaller, about 5ft 6ins tall, wearing a thin horizontally-stripped top over a hoodie and dark tracksuit bottoms.

"We are keen to trace these men, or anyone who recognises their descriptions as we believe they could have significant information to assist our enquiries.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Goundry, from Northumbria Police

Victim named in Newcastle murder investigation

Peter John McMahon died at the weekend Credit: Northumbria Police

Police have released the name of a man who was found dead Newcastle on Saturday, December 1st.

66-year-old Peter John McMahon, of Hawthorn Terrace, Newcastle, was found dead at the Sycamores in Elswick.

Two men and a woman, who were arrested on suspicion of murder, remain in custody.

Police believe that the victim and the arrested people were known to each other.

An investigation is ongoing into the full circumstances of Mr McMahon's death and we would particularly like to hear from anyone who knew him.

"I would urge anyone who recognises his picture or who knows Mr McMahon to contact police on 101."

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Murder investigation underway in Newcastle

A murder investigation is underway after a man was found dead in Newcastle this weekend.

The 60-year-old was found at The Sycamores in Elswick at around three o'clock on Saturday afternoon (December 1st).

Two men, aged 53 and 76, and a 43 year old woman have been arrested and remain in police custody.

The results of a postmortem on the dead man are expected later today.

Newcastle murder scene in pictures

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was found dead at The Sycamores in Elswick, Newcastle.

Here is the scene in pictures:

The Sycamores building in Elswick, Newcastle Credit: ITV
The man, in his 60s, was found dead in The Sycamores on Saturday afternoon Credit: ITV
Police vehicles outside The Sycamores in Elswick, Newcastle Credit: ITV
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