John Coates tower block murder: man arrested

  • 20 September 2012
  • From the section Tees
John Coates
Image caption Mr Coates' family reported that he had not been seen for days

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 61-year-old found dead in his Teesside flat.

The body of John Coates was discovered in Fleet House, Cargo Fleet Lane, Thorntree, on 13 September, after family members contacted police.

A post-mortem examination later revealed that he died of head injuries, and a murder investigation began.

Cleveland Police said a 23-year-old Middlesbrough man was being held in connection with the death.

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