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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

Victim named in Newcastle murder investigation

Peter John McMahon died at the weekend Credit: Northumbria Police

Police have released the name of a man who was found dead Newcastle on Saturday, December 1st.

66-year-old Peter John McMahon, of Hawthorn Terrace, Newcastle, was found dead at the Sycamores in Elswick.

Two men and a woman, who were arrested on suspicion of murder, remain in custody.

Police believe that the victim and the arrested people were known to each other.

An investigation is ongoing into the full circumstances of Mr McMahon's death and we would particularly like to hear from anyone who knew him.

"I would urge anyone who recognises his picture or who knows Mr McMahon to contact police on 101."

  • DCI Paul Young


Murder investigation underway in Newcastle

A murder investigation is underway after a man was found dead in Newcastle this weekend.

The 60-year-old was found at The Sycamores in Elswick at around three o'clock on Saturday afternoon (December 1st).

Two men, aged 53 and 76, and a 43 year old woman have been arrested and remain in police custody.

The results of a postmortem on the dead man are expected later today.

Newcastle murder scene in pictures

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was found dead at The Sycamores in Elswick, Newcastle.

Here is the scene in pictures:

The Sycamores building in Elswick, Newcastle Credit: ITV
The man, in his 60s, was found dead in The Sycamores on Saturday afternoon Credit: ITV
Police vehicles outside The Sycamores in Elswick, Newcastle Credit: ITV

Three arrested after man's death in Newcastle

A murder investigation is underway after a man was found dead in Newcastle on Saturday.

The man, in his 60s, was found at The Sycamores in Elswick at around 3:42pm yesterday afternoon. Police say the cause of death is yet to be established and a postmortem is due to be carried out this evening.

Two men, aged 53 and 76, and a 43-year-old woman have all been arrested on suspicion of murder and are in police custody.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Man jailed for life for stabbing partner to death

Ian Hope, jailed for life for the murder of Sarah Gosling Credit: North News and Pictures

A man who stabbed his partner to death has been jailed for life at Newcastle Crown Court.

The judge told 53 year old Ian Hope that he will have to serve at least seventeen years before he can apply for parole.

The court heard that Hope had repeatedly attacked 41 year old Sarah Gosling during their relationship.

A week before the killing, Hope had received a community order and been told to attend a domestic violence programme.

Police were called back to the house in Lemington in Newcastle just hours before the killing, but the couple had assured them that everything was all right.

Sarah Gosling died from a single stab wound to the chest, during the fatal row later that night.

The jury took just one hour to find Ian Hope guilty of murder.

After the hearing, Sarah Gosling's brother, Andrew Bernard, released a statement on behalf of the family:

"Sarah Gosling was a mother, daughter and sister when she was robbed of her young life by Ian Hope....the pain that his killing of my sister has left us with will remain always".


Police statement on murder investigation

Police have released a statement after a man was found with stab wounds in Washington in the early hours of Saturday morning. The 20-year-old was taken to hospital and pronounced dead.

Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett, from Northumbria Police, said:

"In the early hours of Saturday, November 3, police received a report that a 20-year-old local man had been found with injuries consistent with a knife attack at Warkworth Close in Washington.

"A murder investigation is now underway. We are in the early stages of this investigation and I would ask that anyone with information come forward and speak to one of our officers.

"We have also increased police patrols in the area and if any local residents have concerns they can speak to a member of their neighbourhood policing team, either in person or via the 101 non-emergency number."

– Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett, Northumbria Police

Murder investigation launched in Washington

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man died of stab wounds in Washington.

The 20-year-old was found with a number of injuries in Warkworth Close, at some time before 3:42am on Saturday morning. The man was taken to hospital where he was declared dead.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information about the incident is being urged to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Man hangs himself after killing ex-partner

Scene of the murder in Skerries Walk, Darlington Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

An inquest has heard that a Polish man hanged himself just hours after stabbing his former partner several times. 56 year old Jerzy Tomkowski was found dead at his home in Skerries Walk in Darlington on May 11th by police investigating the earlier attack.

An inquest into his death heard that he and his partner had recently broken up. The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide.

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