THREE MORE AR­RESTS IN MUR­DER PROBE

Four held in cus­tody af­ter dad stabbed to death

Sunderland Echo - - Front Page - By Kevin Clark [email protected]­me­dia.co.uk Twit­ter: @kevinclarkjp

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sus­pected mur­der in Wash­ing­ton have made three more ar­rests.

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

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

Po­lice have now made fur­ther ar­rests as in­quiries con­tinue .

A 28-year-old man, who was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der ear­lier this week, re­mains in cus­tody and is as­sist­ing of­fi­cers.

A sec­ond man, 47, has also been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der.

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

All four will be in­ter­viewed through­out to­day, while a num­ber of other peo­ple have been spo­ken to by of­fi­cers 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 also wished to thank the lo­cal com­mu­nity for their on­go­ing sup­port.

“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 should con­tact 101 quot­ing ref­er­ence 489 080119 or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

“Any­body who has con­cerns to speak to of­fi­cers SUPT MIL­NER

The body of Gavin Moon, in­set, was found at a flat in Trafal­gar Road, Wash­ing­ton.

Flo­ral trib­utes to Gavin Moon, in­set.

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