DETECTIVES probing the violent murder of Andrew Smart have made six more arrests within two days.
A 21-year-old man was arrested yesterday morning on the suspicion of murdering the tragic dad-of-two.
The suspect, from North Shields, was brought before police for questioning on the suspicion of murder.
Four teenagers – two aged 18, one 19 and one 16 – and a 20-year-old man were arrested on Tuesday and yesterday but were later released on bail.
The suspects, all from North Shields, were originally taken to a police station in Newcastle, for questioning.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Police made another arrest yesterday morning. A 21-year-old man from North Shields has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is helping police with their inquiries.”
Neighbours found Andrew’s badly-beaten body at his ground floor flat, on Sibthorpe Street, North Shields, on Sunday, February 28.
A post-mortem revealed he died of multiple injuries following a sustained attack.
A murder probe was launched by detectives from Northumbria’s Major Investigations Team. Andrew had only lived in the flat since Christmas.
Three male youths aged 13, 14 and 15, arrested in the days after his death remain on bail.