POLICE investigating the fatal shooting of Tipu Sultan have searched land at Whitburn Golf Club for clues and say they have received “several calls” in response to a CCTV appeal.
Officers were looking for evidence in connection with the murder of the 32-year-old and were seen searching land at the club, on Lizard Lane, on Friday.
Meanwhile CCTV footage of two suspects travelling on a motorbike in Lizard Lane has yielded a positive response, detectives have said.
Mr Sultan was shot from close range at the rear of the Herbs n Spice Kitchen takeaway in Lake Avenue in South Shields at just before 9:58pm on Tuesday, April 7.
Two men on a motorbike were seen driving into the rear lane in Lake Avenue just before the incident and seen driving away immediately after the shooting.
Officers believe that these two men were responsible for the murder of the dad-of-two, from Millfield, Sunderland and enquiries are underway to identify and locate them.
Footage taken from a CCTV camera in Lizard Lane captured the two men on the motorbike shortly after the shooting happened. They left the area towards Whitburn and Sunderland.
Now detectives have said they have had a high number of calls from the public who have seen the footage in the media.
Detective Chief Inspector John Bent said: “We’ve had a very positive response from this latest appeal with several calls from members of the public which we are now progressing “We have a team of officers who are following up all calls we receive and we’d still appeal for anyone who thinks they may have information about the motorbike or the two men to come forward and speak to officers.”
Officers have also been carrying out other enquiries in the area including searches at locations along the route where the motorbike was seen to leave the area.
Anyone with any information that could help with enquiries is asked to contact police as soon as possible on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 1255 07/04/15. Information can be passed anonymously by ringing Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.