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UPDATE: Gateshead murder investigation

08 Sep 2016 19:43 PM

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Update 09/06/16

 

Police continue to appeal for information after the death of a man in Gateshead.

 

On Thursday, September 8, police receive a call of concern from the ambulance service after they took a 48-year-old man to hospital from an address in Durham Road with serious injuries.  Sadly,  the man later died.

 

He can now be named as David Swales, 48, of Lumley Gardens, Gateshead.

 

Police believe there was a disturbance at around 11pm on Wednesday night in Durham Road at the junction of Granville Street.

 

A 44 year-old man remains in custody and is continuing to help police with enquiries. A 29 year-old woman who was also arrested has been released without further action.

 

Police are keen to appeal for information and specifically want to speak to a man who they believed stopped to assist after David had been assaulted. The man is not a suspect to the assault but may have information to help with the investigation. The man is believed to have been on a bike and wearing a hi-viz jacket.

 

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Ord, said: "Our condolences are with David's family at this tragic time.

 

"We have been following various lines of enquiries throughout the night and throughout today to establish the exact circumstances around this incident.

 

"I am keen for anyone who may have witnessed a disturbance in Durham Road, near to Granville Street, on Wednesday night to please get in contact as they may be able to help us with our enquiries.

 

"No matter how insignificant you may think the information is, it may be a vital piece of information to help us determine what has happened.

 

"We are also keen to speak to a cyclist wearing a hi-vis jacket who offered to call an ambulance for David after he had been assaulted. I want to stress this man is in no way suspected of being involved in the assault but may have vital information about the incident.

 

"Extra officers are in the area to speak to local residents and offer reassurance and answer any concerns the local community may have.

 

Any witnesses should ring Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference David Swales incident room or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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Police have launched a murder investigation after a man died earlier today.

Earlier this morning police receive a call of concern from the ambulance service after they took a 48-year-old man to hospital from an address in Durham Road with serious injuries. Sadly this evening police were informed he had died.

Enquiries are in their early stages however police believe there was a disburbance at around 11pm last night in Durham Road and that two passersby possibly witnessed the incident. Officers are appealing for these people to get in contact with police.

In addition police would like to speak to any taxi drivers or motorists who were in the area at the time of the disturbance and have dashboard cameras.

Two people - a 44-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman - have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in police custody.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Ord, said: "I'm keen for anyone who may have witnessed a disturbance in Durham Road at around 11pm last night or any taxi drivers who have dashboard cameras and were in Durham Roadaround that time, to please get in contact as they may be able to help us with our enquiries."

Extra officers are in the area to speak to local residents and offer reassurance and answer any concerns the local community may have.

Any witnesses should ring Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 496 080916 or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 




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