Murder victim named as three men remain in custody over flats death

Police have named a man whose death has sparked a murder inquiry.

Sunday, 30th September 2018, 4:54 pm
Updated Sunday, 30th September 2018, 5:12 pm
Police were called to Melsonby Court in the early hours of yesterday. Image copyright Google Maps.

Cleveland Police have confirmed 39-year-old Peter Ronald Gilling died following an incident at Melsonby Court in Billingham during the early hours of yesterday.

This afternoon, the force released a statement which said: "Police can now name the man who sadly died following an incident in the Melsonby Court area of Billingham in the early hours of yesterday as 39-year-old Peter Ronald Gilling.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time

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"Three men remain in police custody being questioned and three other men and two women have been released under investigation whilst inquiries continue."

Three men and two women were arrested soon after his death.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Matthew Waterfield via the 101 number, quoting event 179488.

Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers via its website at or by calling on 0800 555 111.