Community meeting to be held close to Sunderland murder scene

The community of Fulwell has been urged to gather together tonight as it meets in the aftermath of the murder of a shop worker.

Thursday, 6th September 2018, 3:28 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th September 2018, 3:31 pm

The route and roads leading to the section between Mere Knolls Road and Marshall Street has been sealed off and is expected to be shut for the foreseeable future.

Police cordoned off a section of Sea Road following last night's murder.

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Specialist search officers have been seen checking the drains as well as the ledges at the front of homes and businesses, with Cornthwaite Park in Whitburn and nearby Roker Park also closed off while police have carried out searches.Neighbours and residents were already set to discuss concerns about issues in the community, including antisocial behaviour, drug issues, theft and vandalism.

Northumbria Police has said senior officers will be in attendance at the meeting, which will be held at Fulwell Community Centre in Chapman Street.

Councillor George Howe, a Conservative member who has represented the ward for 22 years, plans to join residents and businesses at the session.

He said: “There has been a very heavy police presence on the streets and I have been down to Sea Road to speak to people in and around the area.

Members of Northumbria Police's specialist search team have been checking ledges and drains in the area.

“I was very shocked this morning to hear what had happened, I got a phone call at about 8am and went straight across to see what was going on and there was a lot of police in the area and I explained I was a councillor.

“I know her family will be very sad about what’s happened and my thoughts are with them.

“What has happened is a disgrace and a tragedy.”

He said residents were keen to push for action over what they say is a decline in the area due to ongoing bad behaviour.

Councillor George Howe.

Coun Howe added: “We would like to see people at this meeting and I think there will be a lot of people there.

“People want to see more police on the beat.”

“My thoughts are with the woman’s family.”

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott posted via Facebook: “Dreadful news this morning of the death of a 62-year-old woman following a serious incident in Sea Road, Fulwell last night.

“The police believe this to be an isolated incident, and there is not thought to be any wider threat to the public.”