Micheal Cash was sprayed with red paint while he was outside of a Tesco Express store in Eston, Middlesbrough in an incident that has shocked the nation.
A video was then uploaded by a Tesco shopper who claimed “This is how we deal with the beggars on the street. He is not even a beggar we spray them to death”
Sadly just days after the assault Micheal Cash was found dead in a local Cemetery, Police say that both incidents are not linked.
Police have now arrested a local man and released him on bail after he faced questioning for assault and criminal damage.
Cleveland Police have been working extremely hard on this investigation behind the scenes and as part of that investigation have arrested a local man on suspicion of assault and the criminal damage he has now been released on bail.
CPS require further evidence before he can be charged and have allowed the man to be released on police bail while under investigation for the charges of assault and criminal damage.
Releasing a statement police have said “A 33-year-old man has this afternoon been arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage following an alleged incident near Tesco Express on Eston High Street on Sunday 9th September, which left 32-year-old Michael Cash covered in paint. The man has been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.”
Police have not linked the assault and death together confirming there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Micheal Cash’s death despite tensions being high police have requested people do not speculate on social media.
Days before Cash was found dead he appeared in a video sitting in front of Tesco covered in red paint with the accompanying words “This is how we deal with the beggars on the street. He is not even a beggar we spray them to death”. The man responsible for releasing this footage has claimed he only filmed the video and had nothing todo with the paint.
Claiming he simply wanted to highlight the issue of homeless people sitting outside this supermarket, finding the whole incident funny and claiming he does not feel responsible for Michael’s death but does feel sorry for him and his family
The shocking video was shared on Facebook of Micheal Cash outside of Tesco Express in Normanby.
Crime Scene Investigators could be seen in the bushes within the cemetery and quickly put a cordon in place.
It has been speculated that Cash killed himself following the incident, but until circumstances are known we will not be able to speculate and would urge members of the public not to do so until full circumstances surrounding the death have been released.
Police are only investigating the assault and criminal damage aspect and do not believe there to be anything suspicious in relation to Cash’s death.
Police have asked people not to speculate on social media regarding the incident.
Detective Inspector Matt Hollingsworth said: “Police are aware of the speculation on social media regarding the cause of the man’s death but we are not linking the assault with his death.
Police have also confirmed that a man who was arrested in relation to criminal damage and assault has now been released on police bail while officers carry out further investigations.
“Officers are carrying out enquiries in relation to the assault outside of Tesco and would appeal for anyone with information or anyone who witnessed it to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting 166668, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”