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 John Littlewood murder: detectives re-appeal for witnesses

 30/08/2019

​ONE month on from the tragic death of John Littlewood, detectives are re-issuing their appeal for any witnesses to come forward.


John – known as John D – was found dead in a house in Blackhall Colliery on Tuesday, July 30.


The 36-year-old died as a result of head injuries.


One month on, detectives are urging anyone who has any information that could help the investigation to come forward.


Detective Superintendent Kevin Weir, who is leading the investigation, said: “This has been a horrific time for John D’s family, who just want answers to what happened to him and why.


“We have been supporting them fully throughout the investigation, and a team of officers and police staff are continuing to work around the clock to establish exactly what happened and why.


“If anyone has any information that could assist our enquiries and has not already spoken to police, we would urge them to come forward.


“Your piece of information, no matter how small, could help us get justice for John D and his family. 


“You can speak to an officer on patrol in the street, or call us on 101.

Alternatively, information can be passed on anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”


Two weeks after his tragic death, John D’s father issued a heartfelt appeal urging anyone who knows anything about their son’s tragic death to come forward and speak to police.


"John D had a heart of gold, he would do anything for anyone. We just don't know why this has happened to him," said 55-year-old John Littlewood.


"I've lost a son, his siblings have lost their brother and his children have lost their dad. Please help us find who has done this to him. This could be your son.


"Someone out there must know something. We just want justice for John D and whoever did this to him caught soon.


"Please, if you know anything that could help the investigation, call the police, speak to an officer in the street, or call Crimestoppers anonymously."


Three men arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with his death have been released under investigation.