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 Searches continue in Blackhall Colliery murder investigation


​Officers investigating the murder of John Littlewood are carrying out searches in Blackhall Colliery today.

Searches will be taking place at various locations in the village throughout the day, including the allotments.

Anyone who has any information which could help the investigation is urged to speak to officers in the village, or call Durham Constabulary on 101.

Information can also be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  

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

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

Detective Superintendent Kevin Weir, who is leading the investigation, said: “More than a month has passed since John D was tragically found dead, but our team is still working around the clock to establish what happened and why.

“There will be a lot of police activity in the village today as we carry out the searches, so I would urge anyone who has any information which could help our investigation to come forward and speak to officers on the ground. They can also call us on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously.

“It doesn’t matter how small you think that piece of information is – it could be vital in helping to get justice for John D and his family.”