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Shane Tunney sentence: Mum says 'family shattered beyond repair'

The mum of murder victim Shane Tunney has said her family has been 'shattered' by her son's death.

Seven teenagers are being sentenced at Teesside Crown Court on Monday.

A statement read out on behalf of his mother said her family has been 'shattered beyond repair.'

Shane Tunney partner tells court she can 'never forget' day Shane was murdered

The former partner of Shane Tunney has told his killer's sentencing hearing how her world 'fell apart' on the day he was murdered.

Vix Cooper read out her statement ahead of the sentencing of 24-year-old Shane's seven teenage killers.

Vix Cooper reads out a statement at the end of his murder trial Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

"I will never forget the morning of 27th June 2015. It is honestly the day my whole life fell apart. I felt my whole body go cold. My stomach turned and I just went numb.

I would never wish this pain and suffering on anyone. What pains me is to know those responsible have the freedom to see and speak to loved ones. What I would give to be able to give him one last cuddle and tell him that I love him. There have been times when I have thought about how much easier things would be for me if I could be with him. There will always be a gap in my life where he should have been."

– Vix Cooper

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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