John Coates tower block death: Man charged

John Coates
Image caption Mr Coates' family reported that he had not been seen for days

A man has been charged with murder after a 61-year-old was found dead in his Teesside flat.

The body of John Coates was discovered in Fleet House, Cargo Fleet Lane, Thorntree, on 13 September, after family members contacted police.

A post-mortem examination later revealed that he died of head injuries and a murder investigation began.

A 23-year-old local man has been charged with murder and will appear at Teesside Magistrates Court on Monday.

He remains in police custody.

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