Murder investigation launched in Sunderland as victim of attack dies in hospital

Police in Sunderland have made an arrest as part of a murder investigation, following the death of a man in hospital after he was attacked.

Tuesday, 4th August 2020, 10:35 am

Emergency services were called to Borough Road on Saturday, August 1 following the assault of a 36-year-old man at around 4pm.

The victim suffered serious injuries and was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Northumbria Police confirmed on Tuesday, August 4, that the man died as a result of his injuries in hospital. His family has been notified and are being supported by specialist officers.

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A short section of Borough Road was sealed off after the incident on Saturday, August 1.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

Detective Inspector Graeme Barr, the senior investigating officer, said: “First and foremost are thoughts are with the family of the man who has sadly lost his life as a result of this tragic incident.

“We have specialist family liaison officers who are supporting them at this devastating time and I would ask that the family’s privacy is respected as they come to terms with their loss.

“This incident happened in the street as a violent altercation broke out between a group of men. Sadly, as a result of the attack, the victim suffered significant injuries and died in hospital two days later.

“Inquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what has happened and how the victim in this case has ultimately lost his life. One man remains in custody while we are speaking to two other people of interest at this time.

“I would like to make it clear that all those involved were known to each other and there is no wider risk to members of the public in the area.

"A team of detectives are now working to establish the facts and we’d encourage any witnesses to come forward.

“A number of people are believed to have witnessed the attack, so we want to hear from those people – as well as any motorists passing that area at the time who may have dashcam footage.”

Contact police on 101, quoting log 727 010820, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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