Tyne & Wear

John Roberts murder: DNA sought

John Roberts
Image caption John Roberts was a football badge seller

Visitors to the home of a murdered Tyneside football badge seller, who was accused of child abduction, are being urged to come forward for DNA testing.

John Roberts, 32, was found dead in his home in Park Terrace, Winlaton, Gateshead, on 16 December having suffered head injuries.

At the time he was facing a charge of abducting a 14-year-old girl.

Police would now like to take mouth swabs from anyone who visited his home to eliminate them from their enquiries.

Officers found male and female DNA at the crime scene.

Three men, aged 27, 21 and 17, and a 16-year-old girl were arrested and bailed on suspicion of murder.

A 15-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and was also bailed.

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