Detectives investigating the murder of a popular Newcastle United fan have found traces of DNA in his house.
John 'The Badge' Roberts - so called because he used to sell badges at St James' Park - was found dead at his home in Gateshead in December. He had suffered serious head injuries.
Police have found DNA belonging to a man and a woman at the house, at 11 Park Terrace in Winlaton. They are appealing for anyone who visited him to come forward and take a test to eliminate themselves from the investigation.
“What this means is we now have scientific evidence linking people to the crime scene, as we know whoever this DNA belongs to has visited John's house in Winlaton at some point. My message to anyone who has been inside John's house before his death and hasn't been in touch with us since the investigation began is to get in touch with us before we contact you."
Three men, a teenage boy and two teenage girls have already been arrested in connection with the murder, and released on bail.
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