Police continue to question man arrested in Washington murder probe

Police at the scene of the death off Burnhope Road, Barmston, in Washington

Police at the scene of the death off Burnhope Road, Barmston, in Washington

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POLICE are continuing to question a man arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a 45-year-old dad in Washington.

The victim, who suffered a head injury after a disturbance in the street in Barmston, has been named as John Potts, from the Sunderland area.

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Police were called at 12.50am, on Sunday, after a report from the ambulance service that a man had been assaulted outside the NE38 Sports Bar.

Northumbria Police say his death followed a disturbance between a group of men in the street.

Mr Potts was pronounced dead following treatment at the scene by paramedics.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested and is helping police with their inquiries.

A 29-year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to the disturbance.

Police remain in the area as investigations continue and to offer reassurance to those living nearby.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb, from Northumbria Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “We would once again appeal for any witnesses to come forward as this investigation continues.

“We have made two arrests in connection with it and enquiries are ongoing to trace those involved or anyone who may have witnessed the disturbance leading to the man’s death.

“Anyone who thinks they may have information in relation to this incident, no matter how small, is urged to contact us as this may prove vital to the ongoing investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 81 23/11/14, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.