Man charged with killing Sunderland dad John Potts

The Ne33 pub was taped off by police
The Ne33 pub was taped off by police
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A MAN has been charged with killing dad John Potts in Washington in the early hours of Sunday.

Mr Potts, 45, from Sunderland, was found with head injuries after reports of a disturbance involving a group of men near the NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Gordon Robson, 26, of Waskerley Road, Barmston, has been charged with manslaughter.

He will appear before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

A 29-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He has been bailed until February 6.

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Police had been 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.

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.