Brother's appeal to find County Durham killer

The brother of a man who was murdered in his County Durham home has appealed for help to find the killer.

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

His brother Derek said he was known as "kind and loving" and a "genuine, down to earth man".

Police have carried out raids at addresses in Easington, Peterlee and Hartlepool in their hunt for his killer.

Officers said he had been "vulnerable" and described the manner of his death as "appalling."

Image caption Mr Shipley was found dead in his kitchen

Derek Shipley said: "Our Fred was just a kind, loving person, he wouldn't hurt anybody, he would give rather than take.

"We just can't understand why this happened."

Det Supt Ken Donnelly, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are determined to identify and arrest Mr Shipley's attacker.

"The communities of Easington and Easington Colliery should be rightly appalled that a kind and decent member of their community has met his death in this way.

"A large team of detectives and supporting specialist teams are fully engaged in the hunt for Mr Shipley's attacker."

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