The family of murdered takeaway boss Tipu Sultan say they are encouraged by the news that four people have been arrested in connection with his killing.
Officers yesterday arrested three people on suspicion of murdering the dad-of-two, who was gunned down outside his South Shields shop in April.
Northumbria Police confirmed that two men aged 47 and 24 and a woman aged 27 have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
A 44-year-old woman has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Avid Sunderland supporter Mr Sultan, 32, was shot at close range outside the Herbs and Spices takeaway which he ran in Lake Avenue at about 10pm on April 7.
At an emotional press conference, Mr Sultan’s brother Masum and his parents, Aleya Begum and Amin Miah, spoke of their devastation at his death and called for those responsible to be brought to justice.
Mahsum Sultan, 24, told the Echo that the famiy are encouraged that there has been progress with catching those responsible.
“We have 100 per cent faith in the police and we will ler them do their job,” said Mahsum.
“We know that they won’t give up. They will find the killers.”
As part of an appeal on national television programme Crimewatch, officers released CCTV of a red motorbike with two passengers leaving the area at high speed moments after the attack.
Officers believe that these two men were responsible for the murder of Mr Sultan.
The morning after the murder, a member of the public found motorbike parts that had been set on fire in a field near to East house Farm, just off Follingsby Lane in Washington.
The parts, which had been badly damaged by fire, were recovered by officers and have been examined forensically.
The parts included a petrol tank, seat, wheels and other component parts, although the engine and frame had been removed.
Detectives have also searched Whitburn Golf Club for clues to catch the killers.
Hundreds turned out for Mr Sultan’s funeral at Sunderland Bangladesh Centre, in Hendon, before he was buried in Seaburn Cemetery.
Mourners had travelled from all over the country to pay their respects to him.
The Herbs and Spice takeaway has this week re-opened for the first time since the murder.