A post mortem examination has concluded that 46-year old John Anthony Hall, of Shiney Row, died from multiple injuries. Mr Hall's body was found in West Rainton on September 15.
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The Labour leader also says ‘a huge debt of gratitude’ is owed to key workers.
Police have urged the public to maintain current safeguards about social contact ahead of the lessening of restrictions next week.
The Department of Health and Social Care could not immediately confirm the coronavirus alert level.