A 50-year-old man who was "the heart" of a Newcastle family has died after a suspected murder in Kenton.
Shortly after 8:20 pm on Friday, January 20 officers were alerted by the ambulance service following a report of concern for the welfare of a man in the Brigham Avenue area.
Officers attended the scene and found Jason Lord, 50, of Newcastle, who had suffered facial injuries consistent with having been assaulted.
He was sadly confirmed as deceased at the scene. Specially-trained family liaison officers are continuing to offer Jason’s family support at this difficult time.
Today, in a statement, Jason’s family said: “Jason was a loving son and a loving brother. He was the heart of our family and loved his mam to bits. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.”
A full investigation is ongoing into the circumstances surrounding Jason’s death. Police are currently treating his death as suspected murder.
A 42-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody at this time.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Brooks, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is an absolutely devastating time for Jason’s family and all our thoughts remain with them as they attempt to come to terms with the events of this weekend.
“We will continue to offer them any support they need and I’d ask that their privacy is respected by everyone at this awful time. We are determined to get Jason’s family the answers they deserve, and a range of enquiries have been going throughout the weekend in order to build a clearer picture as to what happened.
“We do believe that Jason was seriously assaulted on Friday night and whoever was responsible for inflicting his injuries then left the scene. Attempts are ongoing to trace anyone believed to have been involved and we are continuing to speak to one man who has been arrested in connection with the incident.
“I would like to thank the local community for their patience and support over the last 48 hours, and would continue to appeal to anybody with information to come forward. If you saw anyone suspicious in the area, or have heard who may have been involved, please let us know.
“We’d ask anyone living in the area, who has yet to do so, to check their CCTV footage or doorbell cameras and get in touch if you see anything that you believe may assist our enquiries.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of their website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20230120-0995.