THE detective leading the inquiry into the horror killing of Tipu Sultan has pledged he will find the hitmen responsible for the “abhorrent crime.”
Detective Chief Inspector John Bent has said 100 officers have been drafted in to work on the inquiry sparked after the dad was slain in the back lane behind his Indian restaurant just over a week ago.
The team has included motorbike enthusiast who have been working to identify the bike used by a rider as the pillion passenger used a shot gun to carry out the murder.
Scientists are also involved in the case and have established the motorcycle was a powerful red 600cc bike, which put its rider in an upright position.
Det Ch Insp Bent said inquiries have established the rider and passenger had a brief exchange with Tipu in the back lane before they attacked, leading his team to believe it was not a case of mistaken identity.
One of them was heard to shout: “Go, go, go” in a North East accent as they fled the scene.
My message to the perpetrators is clear. We will find you and you will be brought to justice.Detective Chief Inspector John Bent
While police say the fact they were wearing crash helmets makes it a tough job to identify them, Det Ch Insp has said it is possible, with forensic inquiries, CCTV and other tools being used in the investigation.
Mr Sultan, a Muslim who was born in Bangladesh, and his family are not known to the police.
Police are still working to establish a motive for the shooting, but say they do not think it has anything to do with this nationality, race or religious beliefs.
Det Ch Insp, who said it was the most serious case Northumbria Police is handling, said: “My message to the perpetrators is clear.
“We will find you and you will be brought to justice.
“We will continue to support the family at this difficult time for them.
“Everything is being done to find these perpetrators of this absolutely abhorrent crime.”