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Appeal to trace woman who made anonymous phone call in Shane Tunney investigation

Police have made a direct appeal to trace a woman who made an anonymous phone call from a telephone box in Billingham in connection with the Shane Tunney murder investigation.

Officers would like to appeal to the woman directly as it is believed she may have further information, which could assist the investigation.

The 24-year-old suffered severe head injuries after an attack on Holly Street in Norton on June 27th. He died almost five weeks later.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Young, said:

From enquiries we know that the call was made from a telephone box at South View, Billingham, at 10.32pm on Thursday 9th July.

I would urge the woman that made that call to contact police again as I believe that she may have further information which could assist this investigation. She can speak to me directly, by calling 101, or I can call her back if she wants to leave her contact details.

I also believe that there are still people in the wider community who have not yet come forward with information which could assist police.

– Steve Young

Seven males aged between 16 and 18 have appeared in court charged with murder.

Police reassure public after five Newcastle robberies

Northumbria Police says it wants to reassure the public after five robberies took place in Newcastle within the last few days.

The force has issued an appeal for witnesses after a spate of robberies took place in the east end of the city since Tuesday, September 29.

Police are also investigating whether a robbery at Storrar Marine premises on Thursday, October 1, is linked to the previous incidents.

Two men reportedly entered the store on the Coast Road at around 5pm when they threatened staff and made off with cash and clothing.

The offenders are described as both white men in their late teens to early 20s. They are reported to have been wearing jackets and helmets with scarves. They fled the scene on a motorbike.

Police are carrying out extra patrols in the area and carrying out house to house enquiries.

"It is highly unusual to have a spate of similar offences in this area and we want to reassure people that we are focusing our resources on locating the offenders."

– Inspector Neil Brotherton, from Newcastle East Neighbourhood Policing Team

"We are keeping an open mind as to whether all the offences have been carried out by the same two offenders."

– Detective Inspector Helen Anderson, Northumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191.

'Fanatic' who threatened to behead passers-by jailed for four years

A man who has been called a 'Muslim fanatic' went on a rampage and threatened to behead passers-by.

Noureden Mallaky-Soodmand, 41, threatened to behead 22-year-old Stephen Daumler with a combat knife he was carrying.

Teesside Crown Court heard Mallaky-Soodmand was supposed to have been deported in 2012, before the incident occurred, but was released because the Iranian embassy had closed.

Noureden Mallaky-Soodmand Credit: Cleveland Police

In court, Stephen Daumler, explained how he still has terrifying visions of Mallaky-Soodmand.

The victim, who is calling for an inquiry into how Mallaky-Soodman was released, was approached in the street by the knife-man who told him, "I'm a Muslim and I'm going to chop your head off."

Stephen Daumler, who was with a 15-year-old friend, fled the scene as Mallaky-Soodmand pulled a combat knife from the back of his trousers and held it in the air.

Even after police arrived, Mallaky-Soodman continued his racist rants, and shouted at officers, "I'm Isis and, Christians, I'll kill you, I'll kill you all I'm going to chop your head off."

Teesside Crown Court heard that other people were threatened, and more heard the disturbing words from indoors, before the emergency services arrived.

Julian Gaskin, mitigating, said Mallaky-Soodmand had drank one-and-a-half litres of vodka before the incident close to his home in Walter Street, Stockton.

He told the judge, Recorder Simon Batiste, that the Iranian national has converted to Christianity since his arrest and remand five months ago.

When he was detained on April 2, he told police he was ready to fight for Isis, but maintained the accounts of all the witnesses were not correct.

Mr Recorder Batiste described the case as extremely worrying and said the threats to behead were clearly reminiscent of Fusilier Lee Rigby's murder.

Clearly you are someone who, in the past, has been willing to carry weapons with you.

I'm of the view that this offence, clearly by the nature of what was being shouted at different times, is something that can be said to be racially-aggravated.

I'm told you have converted to Christianity, but I'm afraid I have grave doubts about that, given what you were shouting.

I'm told you want to apologise to your victims. Given the fact you prevaricated with your pleas until the day of trial I have some scepticism.

– Recorder Simon Batiste

Noureden Mallaky-Soodmand was jailed for four years. He admitted making threats to kill and two charges of possessing offensive weapons - the knife and a wooden pole - as his trial was due to begin.

There needs to be a proper enquiry into how this man was allowed to stay in the country.

He is clearly dangerous and he looked that night as though he was out to kill someone, when he came up to me and raised that knife I thought I was going to die.

– Victim, Stephen Daulmer

Mr Daulmer, who works for his family's salvage business in Stockton, said, "to discover that he should have been deported long before he even arrived in Stockton is a shock, I don't know how a thing like that could have happened."

Stephen Daulmer said he continues to deal with the after effects of Mallaky-Soodmand's actions that night.

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