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Appeal for witnesses following robbery of 80-year-old woman

Police are appealing for information following a robbery in which an 80-year-old woman had her handbag stolen in Norton.

The woman was approached by a man who dragged the woman to steal her handbag.

The incident took place at around 9.15pm on Thursday 4 February, in an alleyway close to the George and Dragon Public House on Norton High Street.

The man is described as aged between 20 and 30 years old, slim build, around 5ft 5” and 5ft 6” tall, wearing a grey hooded top with a dark jacket underneath.

Any witnesses or anyone with information regarding the incident or the man responsible is asked to contact police.

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Incident where elderly man hit by a police car referred to police watchdog

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Cleveland Police has referred an incident in which an elderly man was hit by a patrol car to the police watchdog.

The 75-year-old man was hit in Norton, near Stockton-on-Tees, on Saturday afternoon. The patrol car was responding to an incident and collided with the man as he crossed Norton High Street. He was taken to hospital with a head injury, thought to be non life-threatening.

The police have now confirmed that they have referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The officer involved remains on duty.

Funeral of Shane Tunney takes place on Teesside

Shane Tunney Credit: Cleveland Police

The funeral of Shane Tunney has been taking place on Teesside on Friday October 23.

The 24-year-old died from head injuries after he was attacked in Norton after a night out in June. He died just over a month later in hospital.

Seven males have been charged with murder.

The funeral cortège Credit: ITV News

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.

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Seven teenagers remanded on Norton murder charge

Seven teenagers have appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court this morning charged with murder in connection with the death of Shane Tunney.

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

The seven teenagers have been remanded in custody and are due to appear at Teesside Crown Court on September 21st.

Shane Tunney murder case: Seven teenagers charged

Seven teenagers have been re-arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of Shane Tunney.

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

Shane Tunney pictured with his girlfriend.

Of the seven young men arrested, two are aged 16, three are 17-years-old and two are aged 18.

Five of the seven teenagers will appear at Teesside Magistrates Court on September 17th.

The other two, who are already remanded in custody, will appear in court on September 21st.

Two males, both aged 17, who were arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault, remain on bail pending further enquiries.

Shane Tunney Murder Investigation: Police appeal for woman who made anonymous call to get in touch

Shane Tunney pictured with his girlfriend Credit: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police have appealed for a woman who made an anonymous call to them from a phone box on Thursday 9th July to get back in touch.

Officers investigating the murder of Shane Tunney had previously appealed to trace the driver of an Audi that was parked near to Tesco Express on Norton High Street between midnight and 1.50am on Saturday 27th June. Shortly after this an incident took place on Holly Street in which 24-year-old Shane suffered severe head injuries. He passed away in hospital almost five weeks later.

Shane Tunney was attacked at around 2am on Saturday 27th June. The attack left Shane in a coma for five weeks. He died on 29th July.

Nine teenagers remain on bail pending further enquiries in connection with the incident.

As a result of a recent appeal to trace the driver of an Audi, we have spoken with a man who came forward and said that he was the driver of the vehicle that evening. I would like to thank him for coming forward and speaking with us.

The investigation into the murder of Shane Tunney remains very active. We are continuing with a number of lines of enquiry and would like to take this opportunity to again appeal to any witnesses or anyone with information to contact us. In particular, we have not had any further contact with a woman who made an anonymous call to us from a phone box on Thursday 9th July. If that woman is reading this or hearing about this appeal, I would urge her to contact us again as she may have information which could assist us.

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Young
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