POLICE investigating the violent murder of a Wearside man are looking into the possibility he was killed at his home before being dumped near an old railway bridge.
Detectives have now arrested five people in connection with the death of Shiney Row victim John Hall, 46.
The Echo understands that detectives’ line of inquiry centres on the possibility that Mr Hall was killed at his Burn Terrace home, in Shiney Row.
The body of Mr Hall, who was known as “Jonty” to friends, was found by a dog walker in Marks Lane in West Rainton, on Sunday night.
A post mortem examination revealed that he died from multiple injuries.
Five men, aged between 32 and 48, and all from the Shiney Row area, have now been arrested and are helping police with their inquiries.
Police were again standing guard outside Mr Hall’s home yesterday and a fresh appeal was made for witnesses to come forward.
Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston, of Durham Constabulary, said: “Officers have been working around the clock on this investigation.
“Mr Hall died as a result of several serious injuries in what was a very violent assault and we have five men in custody who continue to be questioned about the incident.” Officers say they are keen to speak to anyone who was in or near Marks Lane on Saturday or Sunday, suggesting that Mr Hall’s body may have been there for some time before it was discovered.
“We do not believe that this was a random attack and residents in West Rainton and Leamside should not be concerned about any repercussions,” added Chf Insp Huddleston.
“Our inquiries are now very much focused on Shiney Row in Sunderland.
“If anybody has any information in regards to this incident, or anyone who may have been in the area of the disused railway line over the weekend, could they please contact ourselves on the 101 line or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
A 50-officer strong team of police officers are working on the case, with further forensic searches carried out near Mr Hall’s home yesterday.
An alley at Oswalds Terrace and Hedworth Terrace remains cordoned off.
One woman, who lives in Oswalds Terrace, but did not want to be named, said: “To be honest, there are arguments and things going on around here every weekend in Shiney, so it’s nothing unusual for something to happen.
“You don’t expect someone to be found dead though.”
A man who also lives in the street said: “I knew the man who’s died but not that well.
“He would say hello to me if I saw him in the street or whatever.”