Murder suspect to appear in court

Murder scene at Blyth's Nordale House-Cowpen Hall Road.
Murder scene at Blyth's Nordale House-Cowpen Hall Road.

A MAN will appear in court this morning in connection with a murder in Blyth.

Kyle Gordon, 23, of Clover Close, Blyth, will appear at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court this morning charged with the murder of 40-year-old Jason James Lockwood, who was found dead in a flat at Nordale House in Blyth.

A 28-year-old man who was arrested yesterday is still in police custody.

Police were called to a fire at 11.30am on Tuesday, February 14, in a flat at Nordale House, Blyth.

Mr Lockwood was pronounced dead at the scene and following a post mortem police launched a murder investigation.

Detectives investigating the murder have renewed their appeal for people with information to get in touch.

DCI Ian Bentham, who is leading the investigation, said: “I would like to thank all the people who have rung in already and given us information which has been very helpful to this investigation.

“Some of the people who’ve called us have done so anonymously so now I am appealing to them to come forward and speak to us again.

“We have been able to trace some of the callers, but I believe there is further evidence out there that could be crucial to this investigation so I would urge anyone who knows anything or has heard anything to help us bring Jason Lockwood’s killers to justice.

“Mr Lockwood was brutally murdered in his own home.

“A team of detectives are working to piece together information about his lifestyle and the events that led to his death.

“We know that he battled an alcohol problem and was unable to hold down a job.

“But although he was a solitary figure we believe he did have some friends in the area and we are urging people who knew him to help us establish the circumstances of his final hours.

“This is a close knit community and we are asking people to think back to the events of Tuesday and ask themselves whether they saw anything that struck them as unusual during the last week.”