Tyne & Wear

Fred Shipley death case review after acquittal

Fred Shipley
Image caption Fred Shipley was found dead in his kitchen

Detectives say they will review their investigation into the death of a man found in his County Durham home after a man was cleared of murder.

Fred Shipley, 59, was discovered with serious head injuries at Paradise Crescent, Easington, on 3 July 2010.

Andrew Albert Johnson, 40, of John Street, Easington Colliery, was found not guilty by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday.

Durham Police said it would carry out a review of its investigation.

Det Supt Ken Donnelly led the investigation into Mr Shipley's death.

He said: "The full and thorough investigation into Fred's death was one of the most extensive homicide enquiries this force has ever carried out.

"The prosecution presented the case to the jury which has reached its verdict and we respect that decision.

"Whilst we will be carrying out a review of this investigation following (the) verdict, at this stage we are not looking for anyone else in connection with Fred Shipley's death.

"However, if any new information comes to light it will be considered."

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