Tyne & Wear

Murder arrest over missing Robert Hutchinson

Robert Hutchinson
Image caption Robert Hutchinson was last seen in Hendon

Three men have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a Sunderland man.

Robert Hutchinson, 56, was last seen on 23 June in Hendon and was reported missing on 26 June after his family had not heard from him.

A 55-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following what police described as a "fast moving investigation".

Two men, 39 and 59, are also being held on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "It is crucial we now find out the full circumstances of what has happened and we are continuing to ask for witnesses to come forward."

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