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Man arrested in connection with Washington murder

A 26 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 45 year old died outside a bar in Sunderland in the early hours of this morning.

Police have now identified the alleged victim as 45 year old John Potts who was from the Sunderland area.

Officers arrived at the NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston just before one o clock this morning where they found Mr Potts with a head injury. There'd been a disturbance in the street between a group of men shortly before.

Mr Potts was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 29 year old man has also been arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

"We would once again appeal for any witnesses to come forward as this investigation continues.

We have made two arrests in connection with it and enquiries are ongoing to trace those involved or anyone who may have witnessed the disturbance leading to the man's death.

Anyone who thinks they may have information in relation to this incident, no matter how small, is urged to contact us as this may prove vital to the ongoing investigation."

– Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb, Northumbria Police

Witnesses sought after Washington murder

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward after a 45-year-old man was assaulted outside a bar in Washington.

The victim suffered a head injured during the attack, which took place outside NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston, and he died at the scene. A murder investigation has since been launched.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said:

We're keen to hear from anyone with information in relation to this incident.

We believe there has been a disturbance in the street involving a group of men prior to this man suffering fatal injuries.

I'd urge anyone who witnessed this or who may know those involved to come forward.

At this stage it appears those involved were known to each other.

We have officers at the scene and surrounding area carrying out investigations. Officers will also be patrolling throughout the morning to offer reassurance to residents. Anyone with information or concerns should speak to them.

– Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb, Northumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191.

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Murder investigation launched in Washington

Police have launched a murder investigation in Washington Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police have launched a murder investigation after the death of a man in Washington.

A 45-year-old was assaulted outside NE38 Sports Bar, in Barmston, at around 12:50am on Sunday 23 November. Emergency services attended and the man was treated by paramedics for a head injury, before being pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers are currently in the area as investigations continue.

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Jogger bitten by two dogs in Washington

Police are appealing for information after a jogger was bitten by two dogs in Washington. The 36-year-old man was on Biddick Lane when he was bitten at 2.30pm on October 11.

He suffered bite marks to his calf, thigh, buttock and lower back.

The Staffordshire Bull Terriers were off the lead at the time of the incident and were being walked by a woman. Police need to identify and speak to this woman.

She is described as being around 45 to 50 years old, around 5ft 4ins tall, of large build and with a tanned complexion. She had dark hair tied back in a pony tail, and is described as having bad teeth and tattoos across the top of her chest.

Lorry driver in fatal roundabout crash named

A lorry driver who was found unconscious at the wheel of his vehicle and later died has been named by police.

Geoffrey Nicholson swerved into a grassed area at the Pattinson Road roundabout on the A195 in Washington, Wearside.

Northumbria Police believe the 62-year-old, of Lorne Street, Haltwhistle, had fallen ill at the wheel on 3rd October.

He was later pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

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