THREE more men have been arrested as a murder investigation in Washington continues.

The body of Gavin Moon, 31, of Washington, was found at an address on Trafalgar Road shortly after 2pm on Tuesday, January 8.

He had sustained a fatal stab wound and a murder investigation was subsequently launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Enquiries Team (HMET).

Northumbria police arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of murder earlier this week and he remains in police custody and is assisting officers with their enquiries.

A force spokesperson said a second man, age 47, has also been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Two further males– aged 36 and 46– have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All four will be interviewed throughout today (Friday).

Officers have spoken to a number of other people in connection with the ongoing investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector John Bent, of Northumbria Police, said: “We are committed to finding out the circumstances behind Gavin’s tragic death.

“We have arrested four people in connection with this incident who are currently in police custody, and an experienced team of detectives will continue to speak with those individuals throughout today.

“Specialist officers are offering Gavin’s family any support they require at this difficult time, and they would like to reiterate their desire for privacy as they come to terms with their devastating loss.”

Superintendent Paul Milner thanked the community for their ongoing support.

He said: “Deaths of this nature can have an inevitable effect on the local community so I’d like to say a big thank you to members of the public for their patience and assistance over the last few days.

“An increased police presence will remain visible in the area as officers carry out enquiries and offer reassurance to residents. We would continue to encourage anybody who has any concerns to speak to officers.

“Over the last few days, a number of people have come forward to offer information and we’d encourage anybody who has yet to do so, who feels they could assist police, to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria police contact 101 quoting reference 489 080119 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.