THREE more people from East Durham have been arrested over the fatal shootings of an elderly couple in their home.
Bob Seddon, 68, and his wife Patricia, 65, were found dead at their property in Clough Avenue, Sale, Greater Manchester, in July.
Their son Stephen Seddon, from Seaham, has already been charged with murder.
Today, three others from the former mining town remain in police custody, after being arrested in connection with the deaths.
A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
Also, a 55-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman have been arrested for perverting the course of justice.
The three arrests took place at addresses in Seaham, in a joint operation involving officers from Durham Police and Greater Manchester Police.
The bodies of Mr and Mrs Seddon were found on the afternoon of Friday, July 6, when police forced their way in to the house after concerns from neighbours.
A post-mortem examination showed both died of a single gunshot wound.
Stephen Seddon, also known as Nic, was arrested at his home in Benevente Street, Seaham, after the discovery of their bodies.
The 46-year-old father-of-three has appeared before magistrates, charged with two counts of murder.
In addition, the businessman is charged with two charges of attempted murder.
They are linked to an incident on March 20 when the BMW car he was driving, carrying the couple and their 16-year-old grandson Daniel, plunged into the Bridgewater Canal in the Manchester area.
Seddon was nominated for a Pride of Britain Award in relation to their rescue.
The father-of-three, whose business profile details sales jobs involving cars and his charity work, previously lived in Seaham’s Parkside Estate.
He is due to stand trial at Manchester Crown Court on 19 February.