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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.

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'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

CCTV released in Tipu Sultan murder investigation

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.

CCTV showing two men in a motorbike Credit: Northumbria Police
CCTV was taken just after Tipu was shot Credit: Northumbria Police

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 to remember murder victim

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'.

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