Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Local Man Questioned as Hunt for Murderer Continues; 'Kind' Man Bludgeoned to Death

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Local Man Questioned as Hunt for Murderer Continues; 'Kind' Man Bludgeoned to Death

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Byline: Neil McKay

POLICE hunting the killer of Fred Shipley, who was bludgeoned to death over a month ago, have arrested a local man.

The man, 39, from Easington Colliery, County Durham, was being quizzed by detectives all yesterday.

The arrest came after officers searched an area close to Mr Shipley's home in Paradise Crescent, Easington Colliery.

Before the search detectives said the weapon used to murder Mr Shipley - thought to have been a blunt instrument - had not been recovered.

He was found dead in the kitchen of his home in Paradise Crescent, Easington, at around 5.40pm on Saturday, July 3. He had last been seen alive late the previous evening watching a World Cup football match on TV.

Mr Shipley, who would have celebrated his 60th birthday last Saturday, was a single man who lived alone.

A motive for the attack has yet to be established. Earlier this week Det Supt Ken Donnelly, who is leading the hunt for the killer, said: "We are especially interested in speaking to two men and a woman in their early 20s who appeared to be having a disagreement in Davis Terrace, Easington Colliery at around 2am on the Saturday. …

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