John 'The Badge' Roberts murder case

John 'The Badge' Roberts, 32, was found dead inside his home in Park Terrace, Winlaton on December 16 2012.

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Appeal to trace movements of Gateshead murder victim

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

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