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Shane Tunney Murder Investigation Police Thank Community.

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Police investigating the murder of Shane Tunney are thanking the local community for their assistance so far, however, are continuing to reiterate their appeal for anyone with information to contact them.Shane died almost five weeks after an incident which left him with severe head injuries.

The incident took place on Saturday 27th June at around 2am. It began on Norton High Street outside Tesco Express when Shane and his friend, Anthony Kirk, visited the cash point when they were pelted with rotten food by a group of youths who were on the rooftop of the store. A verbal argument took place and the men walked away in the direction of Norton Road. A short time later, Shane and Anthony were confronted and then assaulted by a group of youths at the junction of Holly Street.

Officers believe that an implement was used in the attack and that the pair were kicked, stamped on and punched before the group made off through an alley next to the church, away from the High Street.

In a heroic effort to save his friend from harm, Shane had stopped a passing driver who had offered to drive him away from the scene but Shane refused as he would not leave Anthony, who was allegedly being beaten by a number of young males.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Young, said: “I would like to thank the members of the local community who have so far come forward and spoken to us, however, I believe there are still others who may have information which could greatly assist this investigation and I would urge them to call us.

“Yesterday, we issued images of an Audi as we need to speak to the driver who may have information which could help with our enquiries. I can confirm that we have had a small number of calls in relation to that vehicle and officers are following up those lines of enquiry today.
“We still need to trace a woman who called us anonymously from a phone box on 9th July. We would ask that woman to contact police again as she may have further information which could assist this investigation. Again, I will reiterate that she can speak to me directly, by calling 101, or I can call her back if she wants to leave her contact details.”  

Nine teenagers remain on police bail in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Update: Hartlepool School Children warned to be vigilant

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A School in Hartlepool has today warned parents and school children to be vigilant following a suspicious incident at the school fence.

Eldon Grove Academy sent a message to parents warning that whilst children were in the playground at lunch time a man approached the fence and spoke to one of the children.

It’s reported that the man approached and offered children ice lollies at Ward Jackson Primary School in Hartlepool.

While someone in a red Volvo was driving suspiciously when a member of staff approached the car drove away erratically.

A spokesman for Ward Jackson Primary School has told Police Hour “Yesterday lunchtime a man tried to engage in conversation with a pupil who was securely inside the school perimeter fence.

“The safety of our pupils and community is paramount and we immediately notified the police and have notified our parents and urged them to be vigilant.”

 

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council told Police Hour: “The safety of children in Hartlepool is our top priority, and as soon as the school made us aware, we notified our other schools as a precaution.”

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Hartlepool School Children warned to be vigilant

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A School in Hartlepool has today warned parents and school children to be vigilant following a suspicious incident at the school fence.

Eldon Grove Academy sent a message to parents warning that whilst children were in the playground at lunch time a man approached the fence and spoke to one of the children.

It’s reported that the man approached and offered children ice lollies at Greatham Church of England School in Hartlepool.

While someone in a red Volvo was driving suspiciously when a member of staff approached the car drove away erratically.

Greatham Church of England School in Hartlepool also warned parents “We have been notified that a man has approached a local school offering children an ice lolly, please stay vigilant.”

Cleveland Police have not commented on the incident.

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Naked runner who terrified over 40 women caught by discarded till receipt

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A NAKED runner who targeted dozens of young women has been caught after determined beat officers used a discarded shopping receipt to track him down.

Over the last few weeks, the serial flasher has been targeting women on the riverbanks in Durham City.

But a discarded till receipt for a packet of Haribo found at the scene eventually helped officers trace an 18-year-old suspect, who was arrested and has now admitted his guilt.

Since April, around a dozen women reported that a man, naked except for his running shoes, had been seen on the riverside footpaths between Durham Rowing Club and the Maiden Castle sports complex.

Police believed that he was waiting for lone women, many of them joggers using the popular riverside routes, before emerging from his hidden vantage point and indecently exposing himself.

Although a dozen women, aged from their late teens to their 40s, reported the flasher, police believe there may have been many more incidents which went unreported.

Durham City Police carried out a series of operations, including plain clothes patrols in which female officers posed as joggers to lure the suspect out.

But the breakthrough came when one of the tenacious officers found a place on the parapet of a disused railway bridge which the culprit used to spot his victims coming.

An empty sweet packet and shop receipt found nearby allowed officers to scour CCTV footage from the store and pinpoint the moment that the sweets were bought, giving them an image of a suspect which matched the description given by the victims.

Officers were then able to trace the suspect to a city centre address, where he was arrested and admitted all the offences.

The man has since been admitted to Checkpoint, a four-month intervention programme to deal with his behaviour.

Sergeant Kay Howarth, of Durham City Police, said: “This was quite an unusual case because the riverside in Durham is usually such a safe place and is visited by families all the time, which made us all the more determined to catch him.

“It must have been very alarming for these women to have a stranger jump out at them while they were simply out enjoying a run.

“We would like to thank all those who rang in to report this man and for all those local runners who helped with our investigation.

“Our officers were determined to find this man and we will continue to work to make sure Durham is a safe place for everyone”.

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