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Murder investigation launched in South Shields

05 May 2016 16:00 PM

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Thursday, May 5, 4.20pm

Two more people - both men aged 34 and 28 - have been arrested in connection with the murder in South Shields.

One man previously arrested has been released with no further action (30-year-old). The other people arrested remain in police custody.

Extra officers remain in the area to offer reassurance.

Seven people have been arrested in total - six remain in custody, one person released with no further action.

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Thursday, May 5, 10.25am

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man died in South Shields.

At 11pm on Wednesday, May 4, police were called to reports of a disturbance inside the Prince Edward pub in Prince Edward Road in South Shields.

Emergency services attended and a 31-year-old man was found unconscious. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The man's death is being treated as murder.

Five men - aged 58, 32, 31, 30, 26 - have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently in police custody.

Extra officers are on patrol to offer reassurance to the local community and answer any concerns people may have.

Southern Area Command Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson said: "We are carrying out enquiries to establish what led to this man's death and ensure those believed to be responsible are held accountable for their actions. Officers quickly attended and arrests were made.

"We recognise the local community will be concerned that this has happened in their area and I would like to offer them reassurance that we extra officers on patrol, officers are there for local residents to speak to them and make them feel reassured that everything is being done to ensure they feel safe."

Anyone who was in the Prince Edward and has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 1285 040516 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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