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Court hears 24-year-old man killed on Teesside victim of "a joint attack"

Shane Tunney

A court has heard that a 24 year old man was killed, on Teesside, after he - and a friend - were the victims of "a joint attack."

Seven teenagers have gone on trial accused of murdering Shane Tunney, in Norton.

The prosecution claims that the defendants threw food, from a rooftop, onto Mr Tunney, and his friend, while they were at a cash point during the night of the 27th of June.

The court then heard that Mr Tunney's attempts to challenge the males angered them and, as the friends walked away, they heard shouting and turned back.

The jury was told that the men were outnumbered, "seven against two," and that one of the defendants was carrying a pole.

Concluding his opening statement, prosecutor Andrew Stubbs QC described the alleged attack on Shane Tunney and his friend, Anthony Kirk, as "a pack attack from start to finish, executed with savage brutality by the defendants, giving their victims no chance."

18 year olds Kearan Terry Davis, his cousin, Kieron Harry Davis, Jake Douglas and Brandon Pitt, along with a 16 year old male and two 17 year olds, who cannot be named for legal reasons, deny murder and a charge of attempting to cause GBH with intent.

The trial at Teesside Crown Court continues.

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Police name Redcar murder victims

46-year-old Lynne Freeman (L) and 30-year-old Jodie Betteridge Credit: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police say while formal identification has not yet taken place, they believe the victims of the murders in Redcar are 46-year-old Lynne Freeman and 30-year-old Jodie Betteridge.

Their families are receiving appropriate support from specially trained officers.

A post mortem examination has taken place regarding one victim and the post mortem examination for the other victim is due to take place today.

Police attended Teesside Magistrates' Court last night where Magistrates authorised an extension of the detention of a 34-year-old man arrested on Wednesday night.

This allows the investigation team to detain the man for a further period of time while they continue their inquiries.

Flowers laid at scene of Redcar murder

Flowers laid in Byland Close Credit: ITV News

Flowers continue to be laid outside a home where a woman was murdered in Byland Close in Redcar.

A second woman was killed in nearby Mapleton Crescent on the same evening on Wednesday March 23.

34-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

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Police give more details after Teesside double murder

Cleveland Police press conference Credit: Tyne Tees

Cleveland Police have held a press conference following the murder of two women in Redcar.

  • Officers were called to Mapleton Crescent in Redcar at 8.45pm on Wednesday night (23 March)
  • They found a 46-year-old woman with serious injuries - she later sadly died.
  • At 8.52pm officers received a report about a woman being violently assaulted on Byland Close in Redcar
  • They found a 30-year-old woman who later died from her injuries
  • Police are treating both deaths as murder and family liaison officers are supporting those involved
  • Victims' families request privacy and officers say it's too early to release any more details
  • 34-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder

Murder investigation: two women dead on Teesside

A man has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder after two deaths on Teesside.

Police received a report that a woman had been seriously injured at 8.45pm on March 23 at Mapleton Crescent, Redcar.

Mapleton Crescent Credit: ITV

At 8.52pm, a second report was received from a member of the public reporting that a woman was being violently assaulted on Byland Close.

Byland Close Credit: ITV
Byland Close Credit: ITV

Both women had suffered serious injuries and died.

A 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder a short time after the incidents.

Any witnesses or anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Two arrested in Scott Fletcher murder investigation

Scott Fletcher

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Hartlepool man Scott Fletcher have arrested two more men on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

The two men, aged 31 and 32, were arrested earlier this week.They were interviewed then bailed while inquiries continue.

Scott Fletcher was 28 years old when he vanished on May 11th 2011. The father of two was last seen on May 11th 2011 at around 8.20pm in Durham. Although no body has been found, police are treating his disappearance as a murder investigation.

In December 5 other men were arrested on conspiracy to murder and all were released on bail.

Detective Superintendent Jon Green said:

Scott’s family has been informed of this week’s arrests however I would like to stress that a body has not yet been located.

Scott was reportedly last seen on May 11th 2011 at around 8.20pm near to the Jet garage on the A181 at Wheatley Hill in Durham."

– Detective Superintendent Jon Green
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