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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.