Police charge two men and name Stuart Bycroft Smith as a man they want to speak to in relation to John Hall murder probe (From The Northern Echo)
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Police charge two men and name Stuart Bycroft Smith as a man they want to speak to in relation to John Hall murder probe
Police name Stuart Bycroft Smith as a man they want to speak to in relation to John Hall murder probe
POLICE on Friday charged two men with murder and named another they want to speak to in connection with the death of a County Durham father-of-two.
The pair, aged 45 and 48, are due to appear before magistrates in Sunderland on Saturday morning in connection with the discovery of the body of John Anthony Hall.
Meanwhile, Stuart Bycroft Smith, 42, and from Wordsworth Avenue West, Houghton is said by Northumbria Police to be someone they need to contact in connection with the investigation.
A spokeswoman said: "Police are appealing for the public's help to trace him," adding that he was not to be approached.
Mr Hall, 46, of Shiney Row, near Sunderland, suffered multiple injuries in what detectives described as a "vicious and violent assault".
On Friday, his family told how they were in a "living nightmare".
Detectives from two police forces are investigating the death of Mr Hall.
They said he suffered a "vicious, violent attack'' but have not given details of his multiple injuries.
Known as Jonty, Mr Hall was found in Mark's Lane, West Rainton, by a dog walker at 7pm on Sunday, September 15.
It is thought police think he may have been killed in Shiney Row and his body dumped across the county border.
Northumbria Police, who took over the enquiry from Durham, on Friday issued a statement from his family.
Daughters Bethany and Shelby said: "This is a living nightmare for us, it is the hardest and most heartbreaking thing that we will ever have to deal with.
"He was our dad, he brought us up and made us into who we are today.
"Death is such a terrible thing, but murder is something that we will never be able to accept or come to terms with.
"Inside, our dad was a gentle man and would do anything for anyone. No-one, and certainly not our dad, deserved this.
"He was a loving son, brother, dad, grandad and uncle, and a true friend to many. We know that he will be looking down on us and one day we will all be together again.
"Until then we will keep you in our hearts. Love you forever dad."
The family asked to be left alone to grieve.
Three other men have also been arrested on suspicion of his murder.
Two, aged 43 and 32, have been bailed pending further enquiries, while a 34-year-old remains in custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett, of Northumbria Police, who is leading the enquiry, said: "We are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.
"In particular, we are keen to hear from anyone who saw or heard suspicious activity in the area where Mr Hall's body was found at Mark's Lane, near to the railway bridge, on Sunday evening.
"And at the area of Mill Terrace, including the rear lane, we are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything unusual or suspicious between Saturday evening and Tuesday evening."
Anyone who has seen Stuart Bycroft Smith is asked to call the police non emergency number 101 and ask for extension 69191.