Murder investigation to appear on Crimewatch tonight
05 Sep 2016 09:05 AM[View Full Size]
Northumbria Police will feature on tonight's BBC Crimewatch show.
Millions of viewers across the country will hear about how the force's detectives successfully solved the murder of South Shields takeaway owner Tipu Sultan.
Tipu was shot and killed at the rear of his takeaway restaurant in Lake Avenue on April 7, 2015.
A murder investigation was immediately launched and in an appeal for information the case featured on the Crimewatch show in May 2015.
In June the investigation team arrested and charged Michael McDougall and Michael Mullen with his murder.
McDougall was jailed for a minimum of 34 years in prison after being found guilty of his murder. Mullen received 12 years for manslaughter.
Detective Chief Inspector John Bent, who led the murder investigation, said: "Tonight's show will hopefully provide further closure and comfort to Tipu's family. They know that those responsible for taking his life are now behind bars and will be for a very long time to come. I want to thank them for the support, bravery and courage that they have shown as a family throughout the investigation.
"I also want to thank the people of South Shields, they were key to the inquiry and the support and help the local communities showed our officers was outstanding.
"This investigation was extremely complicated. The team dedicated to it worked tirelessly ensuring that those responsible were brought to justice. Northumbria Police is very proud of everyone who played their part in ensuring that two extremely dangerous men will now serve very long custodial sentences for this abhorrent crime".