Murder investigation launched after assault in Blyth

A murder investigation has been launched after a man died following an assault in Blyth.

Friday, 1st May 2020, 12:25 pm
Updated Friday, 1st May 2020, 12:26 pm
News from Northumbria Police.

The 34-year-old victim was assaulted outside an address in Crofton Street at around 1.15pm on Wednesday.

Emergency services attended and the man was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Sadly, he died as a result of his injuries yesterday (Thursday).

Officers have so far arrested seven men in connection with the incident. Four remain in police custody and are assisting detectives with their enquiries, while three have been released on bail.

Detective Chief Inspector Ed Small said: "We are committed to determining the circumstances behind this incident which has sadly resulted in the death of a man.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this devastating time and they are being supported by specialist family liaison officers as they come to terms with their loss.

“A team of experienced detectives are carrying out an investigation into this incident as we look to ensure anyone responsible is brought to justice.

"We are not treating this as a random attack and believe all those involved were known to each other. Officers will remain in the area to carry out enquiries and offer any reassurance to the public.”

Officers are now appealing for anyone with information, or who may have witnessed the incident, to get in touch.

Anyone with information should ring 101 or use the ‘Tell us Something’ page on Northumbria Police’s website quoting reference number 489 29/04/20.

Alternatively you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.