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Murder arrest over missing Robert Hutchinson

Robert Hutchinson Image copyright Northumbria Police
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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