Police investigating the death of a man, whose body was found at West Rainton, have arrested five men on suspicion of his murder. The men, aged between 32 and 48, are from Shiney Row.
John Anthony Hall's body was discovered by a dog walker on September 15, near to the railway bridge on Mark's Lane.
"Leading up to his death Mr Hall had been subjected to a vicious and violent assault. With this in mind I would urge anyone with any information that can help us to come forward. We are working hard to piece together Mr Hall's movements in the hours leading up to his death in order to help us understand the circumstances in which he died. My investigation team will continue to carry out house to house enquiries in the West Rainton and Shiney Row area as we work hard to progress this investigation. "
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