Stanley Murder Investigation

Police are investigating the murder of David James Scott from Stanley, who was found with stab wounds two days before Christmas and died in hospital.

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CCTV released of possible key witnesses

The CCTV shows three people the police want to trace. Credit: Durham Police

Police investigating the murder of Stanley man David Scott have today released CCTV images of three people that they need to trace.

The three were captured on CCTV walking in the vicinity of Rose Avenue, South Moor, Stanley, around 1.30am on Sunday, December 23rd.

The CCTV was filmed near to where David Scott was found Credit: Durham Police

David Scott died in the Newcastle RVI on December 23rd, where he had been taken with stab wounds after being found in the back lane of Rose Avenue.

Two 16-year-olds have been charged with murder.

“We believe these people could be key witnesses and we would urge them, or anyone who recognises them, to contact police without delay.

We have detectives waiting for your call on the Durham Police 101 number, or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.” - *Detective Superintendent Paul Goundry. *

Teenager appears in court

A 16-year-old has appeared at Newcastle Crown Court charged with the murder of a man from County Durham.

33-year-old David Scott died in hospital in Newcastle after being found with stab wounds in the back lane of Rose Avenue in Stanley two days before Christmas.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Newcastle Crown Court today.

He has been remanded in custody and his trial has been adjourned until March.

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Teenager charged over Stanley murder

David Scott - stabbing victim Credit: ITV News

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a father-of-two.

David Scott, 33, from Stanley, County Durham was found with stab wounds in a back lane behind Rose Avenue, Stanley on December 23rd.

Durham Police said the youth would be appearing before magistrates in Peterlee on Thursday.

Pain gets "deeper every day" for family of murdered man

The mother of a County Durham man killed a few days before Christmas has said the pain and misery for the family has got "deeper every day".

33-year-old David Scott, from Stanley, died on Sunday December 23rd from stab wounds and a murder inquiry was launched.

His mother, Janice Scott, who he had been living with along with his two young children, has spoken of her loss and how the family has been torn apart by his death.

"My son was left to die in the street like an animal and the pain and misery for the whole family gets deeper every day.

David had a large family in the south of England who have all been torn apart by what has happened.

Christmas Eve was awful as I was wrapping presents for his children when he should have been doing it.

Christmas Day was terrible for his children as he wasn't there. His little girl is seven in January and she just wants her daddy back."

– Janice Scott, mother of David Scott

"I'd like to thank the neighbours who tried to help David as he was lying hurt in the street and the medical team at the RVI who worked so hard to try and save him.

I would also like to thank the police for their hard work and sensitivity. We must find who did this, they must not be allowed to get away with it."

– Janice Scott, mother of David Scott

Durham Constabulary are continuing to appeal for information and are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

In particular they want to speak to anyone who saw a young man wearing a blue body warmer in the area.

Renewed appeal for information after Stanley murder

Officers conducting the investigation into the death of David Scott from Stanley on December 23rd have renewed their appeal for information.

David Scott was found with stab wounds in the back lane of Rose Avenue in Stanley, but died of his injuries hours later at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Police specifically want to hear from anyone who saw a young man wearing a light blue body warmer in the Stanley or South Moor area on the evening of Saturday, December 22nd, up to 2am on Sunday, December 23rd.

“A number of people have already come forward with information and we’re grateful for their assistance, but I’m asking others to consider if they have anything to tell us.

They might not think their information is significant, but it could be the final crucial piece of the jigsaw.

There are detectives waiting for your call on 101, or you can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

– Detective Superintendent Paul Goundry

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Murdered man's mother speaks of her loss

The mother of David Scott, who was stabbed to death in Stanley a week ago, has spoken of her pain following his murder.

He died in Newcastle's RVI last Sunday from stab wounds after a disturbance in Rose Avenue, South Stanley.

"My son was left to die in the street like an animal and the pain and misery of the whole family gets deeper every day.

"Christmas Eve was awful. I was wrapping presents for his children when he should have been doing it and Christmas Day was terrible for his children as he was't there. His little girl is seven on January 2 and she just wants her daddy back.

"I'd like to thank the neighbours who tried to help him on the night, and the medical team. I'd also like to thank the police for their hard work and sensitivity.

"We need to find who did this, they mustn't be allowed to get away with it."

– Janice Scott, David Scott's mother

A number of people have been arrested and bailed in connection with the murder. Detectives want to speak to anyone who saw a young man wearing a light blue body warmer in the Stanley or South Moor area on the evening of Saturday 22nd December, or the early morning of Sunday 23rd December.

Police search for County Durham murder suspects

The detective leading the search for the killer of a County Durham father-of-two has issued the descriptions of two men seen running away from the scene.

David Scott, from Stanley, died in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary early on Sunday morning after being found injured in the back lane of Rose Avenue. The 33-year-old been stabbed.

Detective Superintendent Paul Goundry, from Northumbria Police said:

"One was described as around 5ft 8ins tall, of thin build, wearing a powder-blue zip-top body warmer over a grey hoodie, and light-coloured track suit bottoms.

"The other man was smaller, about 5ft 6ins tall, wearing a thin horizontally-stripped top over a hoodie and dark tracksuit bottoms.

"We are keen to trace these men, or anyone who recognises their descriptions as we believe they could have significant information to assist our enquiries.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Goundry, from Northumbria Police
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