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John Roberts murder inquiry: last sightings sought

CCTV image of Mr Roberts visiting a shop in Blaydon
Image caption Mr Roberts was captured on CCTV three days' before his death

Police investigating the murder of a Tyneside football badge seller have appealed for anyone who saw him in the days before his death to come forward.

John Roberts, 32, was found dead in his home in Park Terrace, Winlaton, Gateshead, on 16 December.

CCTV images have now been released of his last confirmed sightings on camera, in a bid to jog people's memories.

Eight people have been arrested in connection with his death and bailed.

The footage was from 13 December, when Mr Roberts visited the Lifestyle Express shop and the Coral bookmakers in Blaydon.

Det Supt Roger Ford, of Northumbria Police, said: "Although we have spoken to a number of people who tell us they saw him after Thursday [13 December] these are the last confirmed images we have.

"Three days after this footage was taken John was found dead.

"We want to speak to anyone who might have seen him in those three days, anyone who might have spoken to John, visited his home or know anything about what he did in those three days."

Mr Roberts, who was facing a charge of abducting a 14-year-old girl, died as the result of a serious head injury.

Six men, aged between 17 and 43, and a 16-year-old girl have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

A 15-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

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