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Racism ruled out in takeaway murder

Elders of the Bangladeshi communities in South Shields and Sunderland invited police to a meeting. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police have ruled out racism as the motive for the murder of takeaway worker Tipu Sultan.

The father-of-two was shot dead at point blank range outside his takeaway last Tuesday.

CCTV shows the two men they believe to be responsible for the murder fleeing on a motorbike towards Whitburn and Sunderland.

Elders of the Bangladeshi communities in South Shields and Sunderland invited police to a meeting earlier.

Police reassured the dozens who attended that more officers were on patrol both in Sunderland where Mr Sultan lived and South Shields where he died.

Some who spoke at the meeting said there was a 'heightened level of anxiety' within a 'very shocked' community.

Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt thanked the community for their help so far and urged them to continue to come forward with information.

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Police update community on progress of murder investigation

Tipu Sultan was shot outside his takeaway in South Shields Credit: Northumbria Police

Police, who are investigating the shooting of Tipu Sultan in South Shields, will attend a public meeting later today.

It will be held at Sunderland Bangladeshi Community Centre. The aim is to update those that knew Mr Sultan on the progress of the investigation.

Mr Sultan was killed outside his takeaway on Lake Avenue on Tuesday 7th April.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Man arrested over takeaway shooting murder

A man has been arrested by police investigating the murder of Tipu Sultan, the takeaway worker who was shot dead in South Shields last Tuesday (April 7). Police say a 35-year-old Newcastle man is being held on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Tipu Sultan was shot outside his takeaway. Credit: Northumberland Police

Mr Sultan was shot from close range at the rear of the Herbs n Spice Kitchen takeaway in Lake Avenue in South Shields at just before 9.58pm on Tuesday.

On Friday, officers released CCTV showing two men on a motorbike who they say were responsible for the shooting. Over the weekend, police teams searched areas along the route taken by the riders, including Whitburn Golf Club.

Police widen search in Tipu Sultan murder inquiry

Searches have focused around Lizard Lane Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Police have searched a number of locations in their investigation into the murder of takeaway worker Tipu Sultan.

The 32 year old was shot dead outside the Herbs and Spice Kitchen in South Shields on Tuesday 7th April.

On Friday, officers released CCTV pictures showing two men on a motorbike who they believe are responsible for the shooting. They say the bike was driven along Lizard Lane in the direction of Whitburn and Sunderland.

Police teams have now searched areas along the route taken by the riders, including Whitburn Golf Club.

Police have searched Whitburn Golf Club as part of their investigation Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Detectives say they have had a large number of calls from people in response to their appeals for information and say they are still keen to hear from anyone with information.

'Good response' to CCTV in hunt for shooting suspects

Tipu Sultan was shot outside his takeaway Credit: Northumbria Police

Police investigating the shooting dead of takeaway worker Tipu Sultan say they have had a good response to the release of CCTV pictures.

The footage shows two men on a motorbike who police believe are responsible for the killing in South Shields.

CCTV pictures capture two men on a motorbike Credit: Northumbria Police

Mr Sultan was shot from close range at the back of the Herbs and Spice Kitchen takeaway in Lake Avenue on Tuesday April 7th. Two men on a motorbike were seen in the area immediately before and after the shooting.

The CCTV pictures which capture two men on a motorbike were taken on nearby Lizard Lane and show the bike being driven in the direction of Whitburn and Sunderland.

"We've had a very positive response from this latest appeal with several calls from members of the public which we are now progressing.

"We have a team of officers who are following up all calls we receive and we'd still appeal for anyone who thinks they may have information about the motorbike or the two men to come forward and speak to officers."

– Det Chief Insp John Bent
Flowers on the back door of the Herbs and Spice Kitchen takeaway Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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