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Jodie Wilkinson murder investigation

21 Oct 2016 17:00 PM

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**21/10/16 5:30pm Update**

Police investigating the murder of Jodie Wilkinson have charged a man with her murder.

He will appear at Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Eight people arrested in connection with the investigation have now been released on bail.

 

**21/10/16 10:30am Update**

This is an update into the murder investigation of Jodie Wilkinson.

The three teenager arrested yesterday (Oct 20) in connection with the investigation have now been released on bail.

Five men remain in police custody and enquiries are ongoing.

 

 

 

**20/10/16 1:30pm Update**

This is an update into the murder investigation of Jodie Wilkinson.

On Thursday, October 20, officers arrested three youths (two males and one female - ages 14/15/15)  in connection with her death. They are currently in police custody.

Of the previous six arrests, five remain in custody and one man (aged 18) has been released on police bail.

In total nine people have now been arrested as part of the investigation.

The investigation is on-going and police are still extremely keen to hear from anyone with any information into the incident to contact them.

Anyone who thinks they can help is asked to call police on 101 or through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

 

**19/10/16 12:15pm Update**

On Wednesday morning, October 19, officers arrested a sixth man in connection with the murder of Jodie Wilkinson.

The 43-year-old is currently in custody being interviewed by officers.

Five other men arrested in connection with the incident (18,20,22,25,25) remain in police custody at this time.

Officers would like to publically thank the people of Arthurs Hill for all of the support and help shown during this investigation so far.

We would also continue to urge anyone with any information into the incident to contact us as soon as possible.

Anyone who thinks they can help is asked to call police on 101 or through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

 

**18/10/16 8:30pm Update**

This is an update into the murder investigation of Jodie Wilkinson.

Officers have arrested a further two men, aged 18 and 20, in connection with her death. They are currently in police custody.

In total five people have now been arrested.

The three men arrested yesterday (22,25,25) remain in police custody this evening.

The investigation is ongoing and police are still extremely keen to hear from anyone with any information into the incident to contact them.

Anyone who thinks they can help is asked to call police on 101 or through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

 

 

 

**18/10/16 1:30pm**

Detectives investigating a fatal stabbing in Newcastle are making an urgent appeal for witnesses to come forward and speak to police.

Shortly before 3:50pm on Monday, October 17, a 27-year-old woman and 25-year-old man were walking in Stanhope Street in Arthurs Hill when they became involved in an altercation with a group of men.

The man and the woman were attacked by the group and suffered stab wounds. The group of men then fled to a nearby address in the Queens Court area.

Paramedics attended and the pair were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The man received treatment and was later discharged from hospital however the woman sadly died as a result of her injuries.

Police can identify this woman as Jodie Wilkinson, who was 27 and from Newcastle.

Officers attended the address in Queens Court and three men, aged 22, 25 and 25, were arrested in connection with the incident. They remain in police custody at this time.

Officers believe that there could have been around ten or eleven men in the group that were involved in the attack on the two victims and that they all fled the scene after the stabbing.

The weapon that was used during the offence has not been located and officers are carrying out enquiries to find it.

A scene is still being held by police in Stanhope Street to allow for a full investigation in the area to be carried out and a small section of the road is cordoned off and closed to the public.

Extra officers are in the area and are carrying out house to house enquiries, speaking to local residents, identifying potential CCTV cameras and potential witnesses to the attack.

Central Area Command Chief Superintendent David Felton said:

"Firstly, our thoughts are with the friends and family of Jodie Wilkinson at this tragic time. I want to reassure them that we are doing all we can to find and arrest those responsible for her death and make sure they get the justice they deserve

"We believe that this has been an altercation between a group of people who may have been known to each other and not a random attack. Although the motive behind the attack is still being investigated we believe it potentially could have been some kind of dispute and I want to reassure the community that we do not believe there is any risk to the general public. That said, we will have extra officers in the area today and over the coming days to reassure people and provide a visible policing presence in the area. Please speak to them if you have any concerns or want to pass any information on.

"The attack happened Stanhope Street and we know it was fairly busy at the time. It was 3:50pm and schools had not long finished and people were walking, driving and cycling in the area. There will be lots of people who were there or who were passing through and who might have seen something. We really need these people, or anybody who thinks they can help us, to speak to us straight away. Any tiny piece of information could be key so please don't hesitate in contacting us.

"The incident itself would have looked like a group of people fighting, like an altercation of some kind, and there would have been shouting and fighting. People would have then seen group then flee the scene, we believe, in the direction of Queens Court. If anyone saw anything suspicious in the area then please come forward and speak to officers or ring us on 101.

"We've had the area where the incident took place cordoned off and I want to thank the local residents of Stanhope Street for working with us during what is an extremely difficult investigation. We are trying to keep disruption to the local community as minimal as possible however this is a murder investigation and we are doing all we can to identify and arrest those responsible.

"We really need the public's help and in particular the help from the local community. If you don't want to speak to police then that's fine, please use Crimestoppers because it is completely anonymous. Information can be passed to them on their number without giving your name or any details and there is a reward for helping us.

"Anyone who knew Jodie or who has any information at all then please do the right thing and speak to us, help us bring those responsible for her death into custody."

In a statement released by Jodie's sister, Amy, she said: "Jodie was a devoted aunty and loving sister. She would do anything for anyone and we've got no idea why someone would take her life. All we ask is at this stage anyone with any information, no matter how small, to please come forward and assist the police."

Anyone can ring 101 to pass information to police direct, quoting reference number 702 17/10/16.

The independent charity Crimestoppers are offering up to £1000 cash reward for information that leads to the arrest and charge of those responsible for this offence. This can be done completely anonymously and all calls to Crimestoppers on 08000 555 111 are completely anonymous and you do not have to give any of your information. The charity is separate from the police and only the information that is given is passed to police and none of the details of the person who rang it in.





















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