Murdered County Durham man hit on head in kitchen

Fred Shipley
Image caption Mr Shipley has been described as "vulnerable"

A 59-year-old man, murdered in his home in County Durham, sustained serious head injuries, police have said.

A relative discovered Fred Shipley in his kitchen in Paradise Crescent, Easington, at about 1745 BST on Saturday.

Prior to a post-mortem examination, police believed he had been shot dead with a firearm.

Mr Shipley has been described by police as a "vulnerable middle-aged man". A murder investigation is under way.

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