John Hall murder probe taken over by second police force as investigation moves to Shiney Row (From The Northern Echo)
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John Hall murder probe taken over by second police force as investigation moves to Shiney Row
5:17pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
NORTHUMBRIA Police are now leading the investigation into the murder of man whose body was found in a country lane.
John Anthony Hall, 46, of Shiney Row, near Sunderland, suffered multiple injuries in what detectives described as a “a vicious and violent assault.’’
A dog walker found his body in Mark’s Lane, West Rainton, County Durham, at 7pm on Sunday (September 15) night.
Durham detectives have arrested five men, all from Shiney Row, on suspicion of murder.
Today (Thursday, September 19) the region’s largest force, which covers the Sunderland area, assumed leadership of the inquiry.
It revealed that it received a report of Mr Hall being missing from his home in Burn Terrace, Shiney Row, on Monday (September 16).
It was quickly established that the body found in West Rainton was his and both forces pooled resources to carry out enquiries.
The handover to Northumbria followed new information thrown up by the investigation.
KILLED: John Anthony Hall, 46, of Shiney Row
Officers are carrying out enquiries into potential crime scenes in Shiney Row area.
The five men arrested, aged between 32 and 48, were due to be moved from police stations in County Durham to police stations in the Northumbria area.
Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett, of Northumbria Police, who is now leading the enquiry, said: "We will continue to work closely with Durham Constabulary, building on the joint work carried out to date.
"Although it is unusual for a murder investigation to be transferred from one force to another, it has become clear that the majority of the investigation will continue within Northumbria's boundaries and therefore a decision was made for Northumbria Police to be given ownership of the enquiry.
"I would like to reiterate the earlier comments made by colleagues at Durham, that enquiries have led us to believe that Mr Hall was not the victim of a random attack.
"We are still appealing for anyone with information about Mr Hall's murder and his earlier disappearance from his home, to contact police straightaway."
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.