Police piecing together Tipu Sultan’s lifestyle in hunt for killers

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OFFICERS are trying to piece together the lifestyle of dad as they carry out a manhunt.

Northumbria Police are looking at Tipu Sultan’s place in the close knit community of South Shields, where his family run the Herbs & Spice Restaurant in Lake Avenue.

The family of Tipu Sultan join officers at a press conference.

The family of Tipu Sultan join officers at a press conference.

They say while he was well known to customers to the business and residents living near the takeaway and he had worked there for many years, he was not a familiar face to many outside that area of town.

They are also looking at his place in his home community of Sunderland, where he lived with his wife, two children, and close to the rest of his large family.

The team believes it has established the route of the biker and pillion passenger as the snaked through the streets and made their way to the back lane of Lake Avenue to carry out their hit, before speeding off towards Sunderland.

Forensics are being analysed, while searches have taken place in South Shields, North Shields, Whitburn and along Lizard Lane, where the bike was spotted on CCTV heading towards stables and golf club.

Whether that was to do with Tipu’s lifestyle or whether it relates to someone else’s actions which led them to Tipu, that is part of the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector John Bent

Land along that road has been checked, while other CCTV from Lumley Avenue in South Shields has also been released in a bid to find the pair.

A 35-year-old man from Newcastle was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector John Bent, who is in charge of the inquiry, has said nothing they have found so far has suggested a reason why anyone would want to kill Tipu.

He said: “With this investigation I am keeping an open mind and there are several hypothesis relating to this offence.

“The investigation very much at this stage is that Tipu was the victim.

“Whether that was to do with Tipu’s lifestyle or whether it relates to someone else’s actions which led them to Tipu, that is part of the investigation.”