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Eighth teenager arrested over murder of Shane Tunney

Cleveland Police say an eighth teenager has been arrested following the murder of Shane Tunney.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on Friday morning (31st July) on suspicion of murder and robbery. He remains in custody.

Seven other teenagers, previously arrested, remain on bail pending further enquiries.

Shane Tunney Credit: Cleveland Police

"Again, today, I want to repeat my appeal to members of the local community. Please come forward with any information that you may have. Shane was a hero on the night of the assault and he has paid the ultimate price.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Young, Cleveland Police

PICTURES: Floral tributes laid in memory of Shane Tunney

Floral tributes have been laid in Norton near the place where Shane Tunney, 24, was attacked on 27th June. He died in hospital on Wednesday (29th July) from severe head injuries he suffered in the attack.

A floral tribute to Shane Tunney Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Tributes left in memory of Shane Tunney Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees


Murder investigation launched into death of Shane Tunney

Shane Tunney, 24, pictured with his girlfriend Credit: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police have launched a murder investigation into the death of Shane Tunney, 24, who died from severe head injuries in hospital on Wednesday (29th July) after he was attacked by a group of young people in Norton, on Teesside, on 27th June.

Police say Shane Tunney stopped a passing driver who offered to drive him away from the scene while his friend was was being attacked. However, when the motorist refused to help save his friend, Shane returned to help him.

"A young man has tragically lost his life. Shane went out that night and never returned home. That could have been anyone’s son or brother.

"He was a good, hard-working hero who tried to help his friend on the night of this incident, but sadly paid with his life.

"There are people in the local community who are effectively hiding murderers and I make a direct appeal to those people to get in contact with us."

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Young, Cleveland Police

Seven teenagers arrested last month in connection with the attack remain on bail. Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Shane Tunney dies over a month after attack in Norton

Shane Tunney, 24, pictured with his girlfriend Credit: Cleveland Police

24-year-old Shane Tunney, who was attacked by a group of young people in the Norton area just over a month ago has died.

Cleveland Police have released a statement saying:

"Cleveland Police can confirm that 24-year-old Shane Tunney, who was the victim of an alleged assault in the Norton area just over a month ago, sadly passed away earlier this evening at James Cook University Hospital (Wednesday 29th July).

A post mortem will be held this evening to establish the cause of Shane’s death.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

Louis Walsh predicted Teesside singer Kerrianne Covell to win X Factor

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Ben Haenow won X Factor 2014 last night, but Irish judge Louis Walsh had Teesside singer Kerrianne Covell down as his pick to win.

The 23-year-old from Norton was delighted with the news:

Every year before the start of the series the four judges and presenters make their predictions:

  • Mel B: Andrea Faustini
  • Cheryl Fernandez-Versini: Lauren Platt or Stereo Kicks
  • Louis Walsh: Stereo Kicks or Kerrianne Covell
  • Simon Cowell: Jay James or Stereo Kicks
  • Dermot O’Leary: Lola Saunders
  • Sarah-Jane Crawford: Stereo Kicks


  1. Rachel Sweeney

North East X Factor contestants 'in it to win it'

Already North East acts are shining through on The X Factor. Two of these acts are Kerrianne Covell from Norton and Geoff Mull from Durham.

Kerrianne is 23 and currently works in a shoe shop. She ditched work to attend her audition and Simon Cowell called her boss to ensure she didn't get the boot! Kerrianne won a competition to support chart acts at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. She had the taste of stardom she doesn't want to let go of.

Kerrianne Covell

"It was the craziest feeling in the world, to be stood on the 'X' singing to four amazing judges! I felt like I'd just walked into the television thinking is this really happening!"

– Kerrianne Covell

Geoff Mull is a 22-year-old electrician who previously made it to Boot Camp. Louis likened Geoff to Wayne Rooney and Geordie Judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini said 'I love him!'

Geoff doesn't plan on leaving the show without a record deal this time.

Geoff Mull

"I've waited 5/6 years for this to happen, it's everything I've always wanted and been working hard for! It would be great for the region if I won. I'm just a normal lad with a dream, and now it's time to go out and make my dream a reality."

– Geoff Mull

Stockton and Norton bogus caller warning

Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant after reports of bogus callers in Stockton and Norton.

On four occasions, a man reportedly visited the homes of older people and collected money as a window cleaner. No work had been done.

Homes in Hartburn Avenue, Cherry Tree Gardens, Bromley Road and Petch Street have all been targeted between April 21 and 22.

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