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Fresh appeal for information over Sunderland death

Patryk Mortimer died after a fire at Manor House Credit: Northumbria Police

Detectives leading a homicide investigation in Sunderland have launched a fresh appeal for information.

39-year-old Patryk Mortimer died after a fire at Manor House in Easington Lane in the early hours of November 3.

He was found unconscious in the building and was pronounced dead shortly after.

Fresh appeal for information into Easington Lane homicide Credit: Northumbria Police

An investigation was subsequently launched. More than 600 hours of CCTV footage has been seized and dozens of people have been spoken to by officers as part of their ongoing enquiries.

In total, six people were arrested on suspicion of murder and remain under investigation.

Now, as the enquiry enters its second month, senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector John Bent, has appealed for any witnesses who are yet to come forward to do so.

A fire caused devastation inside the Manor House premises. Credit: Northumbria Police

“We are treating this as a homicide investigation as we map out the sequence of events that led to Patryk’s death.

“His family deserve to know the circumstances surrounding his death. We will do everything we can to allow them some kind of closure and ensure those responsible are brought to justice.

“I would like to thank Patryk’s family for the bravery they have shown over the last few weeks, as well as the local community who have shown great patience and cooperation as the officers continue with the investigation.

“Even the tiniest piece of information could hold the key to this investigation.”

– Detective Chief Inspector, John Bent

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.