The mother of David Scott, who was stabbed to death in Stanley a week ago, has spoken of her pain following his murder.
He died in Newcastle's RVI last Sunday from stab wounds after a disturbance in Rose Avenue, South Stanley.
"My son was left to die in the street like an animal and the pain and misery of the whole family gets deeper every day.
"Christmas Eve was awful. I was wrapping presents for his children when he should have been doing it and Christmas Day was terrible for his children as he was't there. His little girl is seven on January 2 and she just wants her daddy back.
"I'd like to thank the neighbours who tried to help him on the night, and the medical team. I'd also like to thank the police for their hard work and sensitivity.
"We need to find who did this, they mustn't be allowed to get away with it."
A number of people have been arrested and bailed in connection with the murder. Detectives want to speak to anyone who saw a young man wearing a light blue body warmer in the Stanley or South Moor area on the evening of Saturday 22nd December, or the early morning of Sunday 23rd December.
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