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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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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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