The detective leading the investigation into the murder of missing Darlington man Alan Youngson says his team believes this is an isolated incident.
Five men, aged between 28 and 38, from the Branksome, Cockerton and North Road areas of Darlington, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Although we are still working to formally identify the body we found on Monday evening we are pursuing this investigation on the assumption that it is Alan and his family have been informed of this.
This morning my officers have arrested five local men in connection with Alan’s murder and they are currently in police custody.
Something like this happening in any community is shocking and upsetting but I would like to take this opportunity to reassure people that we believe this to be an isolated incident and that people should not be worried or concerned.
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