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.
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Five people have been killed and 40 injured after a car and knife attack in London on Wednesday.
Five people were killed and dozens more were injured after a car and knife attack in the capital on Wednesday afternoon.
The number of child sex offences recorded by police in Northumbria rose to 2,302 last year, an average of six a day.