POLICE have named the elderly man who died following a suspected assault in Prudhoe.

At 9.40am on Friday (December 10), police attended an address on Woodhead Road following a report of a disturbance.

Upon attending, officers found 79-year-old Roy Clayton, of Prudhoe, who had sustained a serious neck injury.

Sadly on Tuesday, four days after he is believed to have been assaulted, he died in hospital. Northumbria Police said his family are being supported by specialist family liaison officers.

An investigation is ongoing into Roy’s death with one male having been arrested in connection with the incident. He remains on police bail.

Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Dodds, of Northumbria Police, said: “Roy’s family are understandably distraught by what has happened and have asked that their privacy is respected as they attempt to come to terms with their loss.

“For this to happen at any time is difficult, but so close to Christmas is incredibly poignant and they have rightly asked for time and space to help process the events of the last few days.

“I would like to thank everyone who has so far come forward to assist our investigation. Our enquiries are very much ongoing, and we’re determined to give Roy’s family the answers they deserve regarding his death.

“Please continue to refrain from any speculation – both on social media and in the wider community – that could jeopardise the ongoing investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of their website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20211210-0247.