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.
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