A murder probe has been launched after a man died following a severe assault in Annfield Plain.
Officers found a local man, Thomas Mallaby, 40, at a garage on Morrison Road at about 2.40 on Sunday, 26 September, following a report.
He was rushed to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for emergency treatment; however, the police said he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, September 28.
His family is being supported by specialist officers.
The police said a 15-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident.
On Monday, he was arrested and interviewed by detectives from Durham Constabulary's Major Crime Team and later released on bail while investigations continued.
A retired London police officer, Norman Brennan posted on Twitter on Wednesday, "BREAKING NEWS; Folks I’m not sure how to post as @DurhamPolice have released limited information! A 40yr Man has died as a result of being assaulted at a Garage (petrol?) they haven’t confirmed
"A 15 BOY though has been arrested again limited information & has been Bailed!"
The leading Detective, Superintendent Dave Ashton, said "This was a truly tragic incident, and my thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Mallaby following their devastating loss.
"We are working to establish exactly what happened, but I would like to reassure the community that we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.
"Although the incident happened on the forecourt of a fuel station, I am keen to stress that it was not connected in any way to the current issues of fuel shortages."©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.