Man Found Dead in Whitley Bay

21 March 2017, 11:02

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Police investigating the murder of a man in Whitley Bay are continuing to question one man

Matthew Davis, who was 39 and from North Parade was found dead in his home on Friday evening (March 17). 

Five men were initially arrested on suspicion of his murder and following enquiries, two of these men were released from custody with no further police action. A woman was also arrested, on suspicion of assisting an offender. Now officers investigating the murder have bailed three people. 

Two men and a woman who had been arrested in connection with the incident have all been released on police bail pending further enquiries.  One man aged 25, who had been arrested on suspicion of murder, remains in custody helping police with their enquiries. 

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 739 170317 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

The family of Matthew Davis, have released the following statement: 

Matty was a lovely lad with a heart of gold. He was no bother to anyone and very close to his family and friends. We cannot understand how anyone could do this to such a lovely person. Our family are deeply upset and we are grateful for anyone to come forward with any information which may assist the police. 

 

Updated 4:16pm, 20th March 2017

Five men have been arrested on suspicion of his murder and following enquiries, two of these men aged 27 and 65 years, have been released from custody with no further police action.

Officers are continuing to question three men aged 26, 43 and 51 years, who remain in custody while the investigation continues. In addition a 29-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, she also remains in custody.

Extra officers remain in the area as police enquiries continue to offer reassurance to local residents and members of the public.

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 739 170317 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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First posted 11:13am 18th March 2017

At 5pm yesterday (Friday, March 17) police received a report of concern for a man in an address in North Parade. Officers attended and found a man in his 30s with injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

An investigation's started to find how the man suffered his injuries and four men are currently in police custody.

A post mortem will be carried out today.

Extra officers are in the area to carry out enquiries and offer reassurance.

Detective Chief Inspector Shelley Hudson is leading the investigation.

She said: "We have been carrying out enquiries throughout the night to establish the circumstances around how this man came to suffer his injuries and would ask anyone who has information that may help with our enquiries to come forward and speak to us.

"If anyone has been in the area over the past couple of days and seen anything that may have seemed suspicious or out of the ordinary then we are keen to hear from them."

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