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Attempted Rape near Teesside University Campus

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Detectives are making a further appeal to trace a number of people who could potentially assist with an investigation into an attempted rape in Middlesbrough.
The incident took place on Sunday morning, 4th October, between 4am and 4.30am on Whitfield Avenue, a path that runs off Angle Street close to Marton Road. 

The victim was approached by the suspect close to a Royal Cars taxi rank on Marton Road and she walked with the male from Park Vale Road onto Angle Street and then onto Whitfield Avenue, where the offence took place. The victim was left with minor injuries which did not require treatment.

Officers have previously appealed to trace a man who was stood close to the Royal Cars taxi rank, near to the junction of Martin Road and Southfield Road when the 42-year-old female victim was approached by the suspect. 
This man could have vital information which could greatly assist officers with the inquiry. He is described as a white male, aged in his late forties to early fifties, of medium build with ‘short back and sides’ hair style and wearing blue jeans and a red top. Officers would like this man to contact them.  

It is believed that two cyclists were also in the area of Marton Road near to the junction with Southfield Road around the time of the incident and officers would also appeal to these people to contact them.
Detective Inspector Matt Murphy-King, from Cleveland Police Major Crime Team, said: “Firstly, I’d like to thank those members of the public who have responded to our appeals for CCTV – this is very useful to the investigation and your assistance is greatly appreciated.
“I’d also like to make an appeal to any motorists who were in the area around the time of the incident. It is believed that a car pulled up close to where the incident took place and this disturbed the suspect. 
“Anyone who may have information regarding this incident or the person responsible is asked to contact police.”
The suspect is described as a white male, aged 25-27 years old, around 5ft 8” tall, English speaking with possibly an Eastern-European accent, blonde hair which was parted and styled with gel with shaven sides and medium or athletic build. 
He was wearing a navy blue, shiny waist-length jacket fastened with a zip to the top, grey or blue jeans and bright white Nike Air Max trainers. 

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact DI Matt Murphy-King from Cleveland Police Major Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Jessica Patel: mystery surrounds death as man arrested on suspicion of the murder

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Four days after the murder of Jessica Patel, West Yorkshire Police have arrested the main suspect.

Cleveland Police did not release details of the person they wanted to speak to in connection with the murder, Saying this would hinder ongoing investigations.

This evening the murder suspect has not been named, He has simply been described as a 37-year-old man.

Forensic officers and detectives have continued searching Jessica Patel’s home and the Roman Road Pharmacy where she was a company director.

Detectives have been working flat out since they received a call alerting them to the murder of Jessica.

No family appeals released

Jessica Patel lived at The Avenue with her husband Mitesh Patel who was from the Leeds area of West Yorkshire. His Facebook profile says he was the “Superintendent at Roman Road Pharmacy” which continued updating their timeline after Jesica Patel’s Murder.

They worked very hard together to build the business the Roman Road Pharmacy which is located very close to their home address. Since the Murder, no family member has released any tributes to Jessica.

Following the Death of Jessica, the Pharmacy which has been closed since 8 pm on Monday evening released a post about dealing with Hypertension and reducing high blood pressure making no mention to the murder of one of the company owners.

Despite this, a small number of flowers have been left at the scene.

Something horrific happened inside The Avenue!

Very little details surrounding Jessica Patel’s injuries have been released, We do know these are believed to have been horrific.

What we do know is Jessica worked until 8pm on Monday evening before closing the shop for the evening, she headed home within half an hour she had been murdered.

Three ambulances were sent to the scene following reports of one person needing urgent medical attention.

Cleveland Police deployed an armed response unit to the scene of the murder, without speculating this is very rare in a murder investigation.

Once the armed officers had deployed to the scene they formed an armed cordon around the area. People within a nearby church were unable to leave and advised to go back inside the address until it was ‘Safe’.

Some members of the public have told Police Hour they were warned to stay indoors as a ‘Man Mad’ was on the loose.

Eyewitnesses have also said they heard a deafening scream coming from the address before cops attended and shut down the area.

Door to Door enquires tell us that locals have been asked if they heard screaming and if a door to door salesman had knocked on their door in the hours leading up to the murder.

Circumstances Surrounding the death

Cleveland Police released very little details to the media surrounding the murder of Jessica, Suggesting they knew who the main suspect was and that they just needed time and space arrest their main suspect.

Cleveland Police released a statement saying they would not be releasing any circumstances surrounding the murder of Jessica or any details of suspects as this would hinder ongoing investigations.

It simple terms Cleveland Police did not need any help from the public or media because they knew who their main suspect was it was just a matter of catching him.

Cleveland Police did, however, appeal for dashcam footage from outside the house allowing detectives visual evidence.

CCTV Covered drive and entrance off the shared drive from both houses within the location, This could be the main reason as to why Cleveland Police did not need to release any criminal appeals or release details of any wanted suspects.

If these cameras were working the killer would have been captured entering and leaving the address.

Cleveland Police Breaks Silence and releases a statement. 

“Police have this afternoon arrested a 37-year-old man in the West Yorkshire Police area on suspicion of murder following the death of 34-year-old Jessica Patel in Middlesbrough on Monday 14th May.

“The man remains in police custody at this time.”

Cleveland Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious outside of the avenue or who may have dashcam footage around the time of the incident.

 

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Police search Middlesbrough Pharmacy connected with Murder Investigation

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Police are searching a second location in Middlesbrough in connection with the murder of Jessica Patel.

Crime scene investigators have been at the scene of Roman Road Pharmacy.

The Pharmacy has been closed since Monday evening and has now become the focus of the murder investigation.

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While a second team focus their investigation on the house in which Jessica was found dead.

Detectives have been working flat out since they received the call alerting them to the murder of Jessica.

Today they have been back on the scene searching the local area, conducting house to house enquiries and chasing up all leads that the evidence points to.

They want to hear from anyone who may have dash cam footage of the incident.

The drive leading up to the house in which jessica was found is covered by CCTV if this camera is working it could have captured the killer.

Only one police car remains at the scene of the house after Crime Scene Investigators finished their work for the day.

Police have not released any details of any person believed to be suspected of the murder of Jessica and have not made any arrests so far.

Cleveland Police are expected to release a crime appeal soon, but at the moment they do not want to hinder the on going police investigation.

Cleveland Police have said that Jessica Patel was murdered in her own home. Armed officers guarded the scene in the hours following the murder and crime scene investigators began their work.

The scene has now been scaled back to just the drive of the house on the Avenue Linthorpe.

Initially a huge police cordon was in place which closed the Avenue.

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Police have launched a murder investigation after a woman was found dead at her home in Middlesbrough.

Image credit: Teesside Connected.

Officers were called to a house on The Avenue in Linthorpe at 8.20pm on Monday 14th May.

Jessica was found with serious injuries at the address and was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem examination has taken place, however, for investigative purposes the cause of death won’t be released at this time.

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Detective Superintendent Tariq Ali, from Cleveland Police, said: “A woman has been murdered in her home. At this stage of the investigation we are not able to say much more than this, other than that a team of dedicated officers and specialist staff are now working hard to get to the facts.

“When a murder takes place in our community, perhaps even near our own homes, we aren’t deaf to the fear and worry this causes. As soon as we can say more about this crime, we will say more, but please be assured that our neighbourhood teams are increasing patrols in the area and are out and about, happy to speak to anyone to offer reassurance and talk directly to local people.”

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The Avenue is a busy route used by buses, motorists and pedestrians. Detectives are appealing to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area around The Avenue, particularly between the junctions with The Crescent and Lancaster Road, yesterday evening to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101, quoting event number 85888. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Woman murdered in her own home, No arrests made say Cleveland Police

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A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was murdered in her own home.

Last night officers set up a crime scene and closed the The Avenue in Linthorpe.

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Police have launched a murder investigation after a woman was found dead at her home in Middlesbrough.

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Officers were called to a house on The Avenue in Linthorpe at 8.20pm on Monday 14th May.

A 34-year-old woman was found with serious injuries at the address and was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem examination has taken place, however, for investigative purposes the cause of death won’t be released at this time.

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Detective Superintendent Tariq Ali, from Cleveland Police, said: “A woman has been murdered in her home. At this stage of the investigation we are not able to say much more than this, other than that a team of dedicated officers and specialist staff are now working hard to get to the facts.

“When a murder takes place in our community, perhaps even near our own homes, we aren’t deaf to the fear and worry this causes. As soon as we can say more about this crime, we will say more, but please be assured that our neighbourhood teams are increasing patrols in the area and are out and about, happy to speak to anyone to offer reassurance and talk directly to local people.”

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The Avenue is a busy route used by buses, motorists and pedestrians. Detectives are appealing to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area around The Avenue, particularly between the junctions with The Crescent and Lancaster Road, yesterday evening to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101, quoting event number 85888. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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