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Police say student death not suspicious

Police have now confirmed that the death of student Sijabuliso Nkala, who died in the Walker area of Newcastle yesterday, is not being treated as suspicioius. A spokesman says enquiries into the man's death have been carried out and police believe there was no third party involvement in the death.

“I would also like to thank all the people who contacted police following our appeal for information yesterday. "A report is being prepared for the coroner.”

– Detective Supt Roger Ford, Northumbria Police

Mr Nkala studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Newcastle University and living in the Jesmond area.

"This very sad news of the death of Sijabuliso Nkala, third year Electrical Engineering student, has come as a terrible shock to us all. "Affectionately known as Jabu, he was a very modest young man who spoke well of everyone. Around the School, he always had a smile on his face and a positive attitude towards academic work. He showed initiative in his approach to coursework and was extremely polite and hardworking. He was a focused individual who will be remembered for his smile and his enthusiasm."

– Professor Barrie Mecrow, Newcastle University

Sijabuliso Nkala's body was found next to the Coast 2 Coast cycle path in Walker.He died from a puncture wound to his chest.What caused the wound remains unexplained.


Newcastle student stabbing: police statement

The man found dead on the Coast to Coast Cycle Route was a Newcastle University student.The 24-year-old, who was found at 11am this morning with a stab wound to the chest, was cycling at the time of the incident.

"We are treating the man's death as unexplained and an investigation is underway to find out how exactly he has died."The victim is a 24-year-old student who was studying at Newcastle University and who was living in the Jesmond area."He is a black male, around 6ft tall, bald and of a heavy build."Enquiries indicate that the man was on the cycle path from around 9am on Thursday morning and we want to hear from anyone who might have been in the area and who might have seen this man to come forward and speak to us."

– Detective Supt Roger Ford, of Northumbria Police


Man found stabbed to death near Newcastle cycle path

The body of a man in his 20s has been found near to a cycle path in the Walker area of Newcastle.

He had been stabbed.The discovery was made shortly after 11am today in the Oval area. Efforts by police officers to revive the man failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

An area around where the man was found has been cordoned off while officers carry out enquiries. Northumbria Police is asking anyone who was in the area this morning, especially around the cycle path under the footbridge, and who saw anything or anyone suspicious, to contact them on 101 ext 69191.

12-year-old girl pulled from bike by man in Walker

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 12-year-old girl was pulled from her bike by a man in Newcastle. She was riding along Stotts Road, Walker, on April 9 when a man pulled her backpack. He rummaged through the bag and then returned it.

Nothing was stolen and the man left the scene.

The girl wasn't injured.

The suspect is described by police as:

  • Dark skinned
  • Wrinkly
  • 30-40 years old
  • 5ft tall
  • Small, discoloured teeth
  • Black facial stubble

"This was obviously distressing for the girl and she was left shaken, although thankfully she wasn't injured.

"The man appears to have been searching for property to steal, but found nothing of value and left without taking anything. I'd appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident or recognises the description of the man is asked to get in touch with police.

"Additional patrols have been carried out in the area to reassure residents and gather information."

– Newcastle East Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Brotherton

MP appeals for funding for River Tyne clean-up

The government says there isn't enough money to clean up tar from the River Tyne which one Newcastle MP believes is threatening people's health.

Nick Brown wants pollution from an old industrial site in the Walker area of the city to be stopped.

However, that would cost as much as two million pounds - which the local council simply doesn't have.

Mr Brown tried to appeal for government help in parliament today.

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