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Detectives launch fresh appeal for information on sixth anniversary of Winlaton man's murder

John 'The Badge' Roberts was found beaten to death inside his home Credit: Northumbria Police

Detectives have issued a fresh appeal for information to help them trace the person responsible for the murder of a Winlaton man six years ago today.

On December 16, 2012, a murder investigation was launched after John 'The Badge' Roberts was found beaten to death inside his home.

The 32-year-old lived by himself in Park Terrace in Winlaton where he was found with a serious head injury by police.

In the months that followed his tragic death, thousands of people were spoken to by police, hundreds of house-to-house enquiries were conducted and a number of arrests were made.

However, nobody was ever charged with John’s murder and those responsible continue to escape justice.

The 32-year-old lived by himself in Park Terrace in Winlaton Credit: Northumbria Police

Now, on the sixth anniversary of John’s death, senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Lisa Theaker is leading a fresh appeal for information.

This murder may have taken place six years ago but the investigation into John's death is not closed and it never will be until we catch those responsible.

We know that a lot can happen in six years but I would urge anyone who might have any information about what happened to come forward, even if you think the information you have might be insignificant or irrelevant, we will act on all new information.

For the person responsible, living with a murder on your shoulders can be terrifying. Stop looking over your shoulder and hand yourself in to police.

John’s family have already suffered through six long years without him and without knowing who did this to him. They deserve to see the person responsible held to account and brought to justice.”

– Detective Superintendent Lisa Theaker