Detectives investigating the murder of Tipu Sultan have released CCTV taken in Lizard Lane showing the two men on a motorbike shortly after the shooting happened.
South Tyneside Superintendent Sav Patsalos said: "The CCTV footage shows two men on a motorbike heading down Lizard Lane and towards Whitburn and Sunderland. It was taken in the minutes after Tipu Sultan was shot and we believe that this is the two men who are responsible for his murder leaving the scene.
"From the footage you can clearly see the two men on the bike, both are wearing helmets. From the footage we can gauge the size and shape of the motorcycle - which we believe is a large, red, superbike or performance style bike.
"We need to speak to anyone who saw these men and this bike before or after the incident.
"If anyone was driving on Lizard Lane around 10pm on Tuesday, April 7, and who saw or passed the motorbike - that might well have been driving at a very fast speed - then I'd urge them to contact police with any information that they have, as soon as possible.
Special prayers are being said today in a Sunderland Mosque for a takeaway worker who was shot dead in South Shields.
32-year-old Tipu Sultan was found with a single gunshot wound at the rear of the Herbs & Spice Kitchen in South Shields, South Tyneside, shortly before 10pm on Tuesday, April 7.
People living near by have told ITV Tyne Tees News that Tipu was a very well known member of the community, and was 'loved by everyone'.
Police investigating the murder of takeaway owner Tipu Sultan in South Shields say men seen on a motorbike are responsible for his murder.Read the full story ›
Police are trawling through bins as they search for clues in a murder investigation. It follows the death of 32-year-old Tipu Sultan from Sunderland. He worked at the Herbs & Spice Kitchen in Marsden and was shot outside the takeaway on April 7th.
Police investigating a rape in South Shields are appealing for a 'good samaritan' to come forward.
A 21-year-old woman was raped inside an address in South Tyneside at 11.30pm on April 5. Just after midnight, she was walking along Sea Winnings Way. A man saw her crying and asked if she was alright and checked she had called a taxi. The woman called a taxi and then reported the incident to police.
A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape and bailed pending further enquiries.
"We want to trace this man who saw the woman clearly distressed and came over to ask how she was. We want to speak to him purely as a witness and would ask him to contact police.
"We'd also like to hear from anyone else who was in the area at the relevant time and who may have seen this woman."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.
Flowers have been left outside a takeaway in South Shields where a man was shot on Tuesday night.
One card reads 'a wonderful man who had a smile for everyone'.
Police say the fatal shooting in South Shields could have been planned. Supt Sav Patsalos told ITV News Tyne Tees that this possibility makes it even more important to trace two men seen in the area at the time of the incident.
Investigations are continuing into the murder of a takeaway worker. Tipu Sultan was found outside Herbs & Spice Kitchen in South Shields.Read the full story ›
People living in the Marsden area of South Shields have told ITV News Tyne Tees that murder victim Tipu Sultan was a very well known member of the community, and was 'loved by everyone'.
Tipu Sultan was found dead from a gunshot wound last night outside the Herbs & Spice Kitchen, where he worked.
Victoria Chisolm is the landlady of The Lake pub next door to the restaurant, and knew Tipu Sultan: