A balloon vigil has been held in Sunderland this afternoon following the murder of Connor Brown who has been named locally.

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Officers attended reports that an 18-year-old was found injured following an assault outside The Borough Pub on Vine Place in Sunderland city centre

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The 18-year-old was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries following the incident shortly before 1.30am on Sunday, but later died. 

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Police have now launched a murder investigation and have arrested one person in connection with this tragic incident.

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A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “The investigation is ongoing and police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to get in touch.

“An increased police presence may be seen in the area as officers carry out enquiries and offer reassurance in the community.”

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector John Bent, said:  “One person remains in custody but we do need anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have information to get in touch with Northumbria Police.

“We would encourage anyone who say anything, was in the area at the time of the incident or thinks they saw anything suspicious, to get in touch via 101 quoting log 124 24/02/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”