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Murder investigation launched into death of Shane Tunney

Shane Tunney, 24, pictured with his girlfriend Credit: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police have launched a murder investigation into the death of Shane Tunney, 24, who died from severe head injuries in hospital on Wednesday (29th July) after he was attacked by a group of young people in Norton, on Teesside, on 27th June.

Police say Shane Tunney stopped a passing driver who offered to drive him away from the scene while his friend was was being attacked. However, when the motorist refused to help save his friend, Shane returned to help him.

"A young man has tragically lost his life. Shane went out that night and never returned home. That could have been anyone’s son or brother.

"He was a good, hard-working hero who tried to help his friend on the night of this incident, but sadly paid with his life.

"There are people in the local community who are effectively hiding murderers and I make a direct appeal to those people to get in contact with us."

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Young, Cleveland Police

Seven teenagers arrested last month in connection with the attack remain on bail. Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.


Middlesbrough FC issues statement over racist gesture conviction

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Middlesbrough FC has released a statement after long-time fan Ernest Goult was found guilty of making a racist gesture towards Blackburn Rovers players at the Riverside in March last year.

"Middlesbrough Football Club has never hesitated to take strong and decisive action with supporters who have been identified as participating in racist incidents, and will continue to do so. We adopt a zero tolerance policy towards racism and proactively encourage supporters to report incidents of unreasonable and offensive behaviour within the Riverside Stadium.

"We have worked closely with Cleveland Police and Blackburn Rovers on this case to provide as much supporting evidence as possible and will continue to do everything in our power to help bring offenders to justice.

"We will now seek to arrange a meeting with Mr Goult to review the case before deciding on further action."

– Middlesbrough FC

Middlesbrough fan found guilty of making racist gesture

A Middlesbrough fan has been found guilty of making a racist gesture towards Blackburn Rovers players at the Riverside in March last year.

Ernest Goult, 72, from Redcar, has been banned from attending football matches for three years. He had denied one count of racially-aggravated disorder and one of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.

Ernest Goult arriving at an earlier hearing Credit: PA

Three Blackburn Rovers players, Lee Williamson, Rudy Gestede and Markus Olsson, each told Teesside Magistrates' Court how a man in the crowd made the gestures at the end of a match, which had ended with a contentious goal.

Markus Olsson, Rudy Gestede and Lee Williamson arrive at Teesside Magistrates' Court Credit: PA

Lee Williamson told the court he saw a fan making "monkey gestures" towards him, which he found upsetting, taking it as a racist gesture.

Markus Olsson told the court, "It was like a monkey gesture and he wasn't trying to hide it. He was doing it towards a black person and it was obvious what it meant. I have seen it before.

"It is very offensive. It was clear what he did."

Ernest Goult claimed what he did was an "old Teesside gesture" meaning the performance was "the pits."

"Mr Gestede and I, our eyes met," he said. "I raised my left hand and went one-two, one-two.

"It means you're under the arm of the pit.

"I wasn't very happy.

"I just wanted to convey to them what an unsatisfactory point they'd earned.

"The fact that the three chaps happened to be black, it didn't register."

– Ernest Goult

When his solicitor asked him if he was racist, Mr Goult said, "not in the slightest."

As well as being banned from attending matches, Mr Gould has been fined £600 and ordered to pay £600 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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