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Tipu vigil organiser compelled to bring community together

Vigil to remember Tipu Sultan Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The man who has organised the vigil to remember murdered takeaway worker Tipu Sultan has said he felt compelled to bring the community together.

Lalon Amin was speaking to ITV Tyne Tees ahead of the vigil outside the Herbs and Spice Kitchen in South Shields this evening, the place where Tipu was shot dead on Tuesday, April 7.

He said: "Tipu Sultan left tremendous love behind with the local community and I thought it was a great opportunity for the whole local community to come together to pay their respects."

32-year-old father of two Tipu Sultan was shot dead outside the Herbs and Spice Kitchen in South Shields

"It is big shocking news, especially how Tipu Sultan has always been involved in the community."

– Jay Islam

"I felt compelled that we should come together as a community, not just a Bangladeshi community but as a whole community, to come together to remember Tipu Sultan and pay our final respects."

– Lalon Amin, vigil organiser

Also at vigil was Jay Islam. He and Tipu Sultan were childhood childhood friends. He says the everyone is still struggling to come to terms with his death.

He said: "When you see his family in tears and his kids are always asking when is our father going to be coming back, we have got no answers. It is big shocking news, especially how Tipu Sultan has always been involved the community."

Jay Islam and Lalon Amin taking to ITV Tyne Tees Credit: ITV Tyne Tees


Vigil to remember Tipu Sultan

A vigil will be held tonight outside a takeaway where a father was shot dead in a targeted murder by two men on a motorbike.

Friends of Tipu Sultan will gather in South Shields and hold a minute's silence, as well as lay more flowers and read poems.

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. He has been released on bail.


Clampdown on underage drinking on Wearside

Off-licences that sell alcohol to people underage are being targeted in a clampdown on underage drinkers in Sunderland.

Officers from Sunderland North Neighbourhood Policing Team have been carrying out a test purchases with Trading Standards.

The operation saw a 15-year-old attempt to buy alcohol from off-licences in Southwick. Eight premises were visited with one store selling alcohol to the test purchaser - the person who sold the alcohol to the 15-year-old received a £90 fine.

Officers say they will continue to carry out the operation in the coming months to help stop anti-social behaviour caused by underage drinking.

Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: "We know there is a direct link between underage drinking and youth related anti-social behaviour, not only this young people are making themselves more vulnerable by getting drunk.

"We're working with our partners to tackle this issue and stopping underage youths from getting their hands on alcohol in the first place is one of the steps we are taking."

Weather: Calm, clear and mild

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High pressure is dominating as we start this week.

It is giving us calm conditions and plenty of sunshine allowing temperatures to get up into the mid-teens, a few degrees higher than the average for this time of year.

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The high pressure will hold on until Friday allowing temperatures to climb further.

By Wednesday we could be seeing them reach 17 or 18C (64F).

On Friday things will start to break down bringing cooler and more changeable conditions.

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