Police are still seeking motive in takeaway murder

SEALED OFF ... police investigations continue into the shooting of 32-year-old Tipu Sultan, pictured inset.

SEALED OFF ... police investigations continue into the shooting of 32-year-old Tipu Sultan, pictured inset.

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POLICE investigating the shooting of a Sunderland father-of two outside his takeaway business in South Tyneside are still seeking a motive for his killing.

Tipu Sultan, 32, was shot dead in the back lane behind the family-run Herbs & Spice Kitchen, in Lake Avenue, Marsden, on Tuesday night.

At this time, we don’t know the kind of weapon that was used. We have had conflicting reports about what kind of gun it was.

Northumbria Police spokesman

The entrance to the rear lane and takeaway remained sealed off yesterday as police continued their investigations – with officers searching through bins near the shop for potential evidence.

The officer leading the murder investigation believe Mr Sultan, who lived with his wife and two young children in Gilsland Street, Millfield, Sunderland, was the victim of a premeditated attack after two men on a motorbike were spotted at the scene.

Superintendent Sav Patsalos said: “Our enquiries so far lead us to believe that this wasn’t a random attack and that there was some element of pre-planning involved.

“We are still trying to establish a motive behind the murder.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said investigators are keeping an “open-mind” about the possible motive, adding: “At this time, we don’t know the kind of weapon that was used.

“We have had conflicting reports about what kind of gun it was.”

Police say the killers were dressed in motorcycle gear and crash helmets and were riding a large red performance-style bike with a black seat.

Mr Sultan’s wife, Julie Nasrin, 27, was being comforted by relatives yesterday along with the couple’s son, seven-year-old Ilyas, and their two-year-old daughter Aeysha at their home.

Floral tributes were laid outside the takeway by well-wishers, along with a Sunderland shirt as a tribute to the Black Cats fan.

Chantelle Myers, who has known Mr Sultan for a decade, says she is still struggling to come to terms with his death and says the local community will “never be the same”.

The 34-year-old Lake Avenue resident said: “He was a really good friend. I work in the corner shop next to the takeaway.

“I remember one time I had collapsed and gone to hospital. When he found out what had happened, he came to the hospital and picked me up.

“He would always go out of his way to help people.

“He doted on his children and the whole family are brilliant.

“It won’t be the same around here without him.”

Anybody with information about the murder is asked to contact Northumbria Police officers on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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