Northumbria Police’s outgoing chief constable says her “heart goes out” to the families of Sunderland murder victims who are still waiting for justice.
Sue Sim today steps down from the force after serving the area for more than a decade, the last five as head of the organisation.
The former deputy chief constable, Steve Ashman, will take over.
Speaking as she retires from work, Ms Sim said that she urges anyone who knows any information about the murder of takeaway boss Tipu Sultan, on April 7, to come forward.
“My heart and my prayers go out to the family of Mr Sultan, and if anybody saw anything that was slightly suspicious on the night he was killed, please ring 101 so that the police have that information.
“No matter how big or small, it can help us piece things together.”
The force will not give up on solving any of those terrible crimes, that is the tenacity of Northumbria PoliceSue Sim, outgoing Northumbria Police chief constable
Ms Sim added that the families of other unsolved killings - including six-year-old Sunderland girl Nikki Allan and the gangland shooting in South Shields of David “Noddy Rice” - should not give up hope that officers will one day bring their killers to justice.
“One of the things that we have always done and something is look for these people,” added Ms Sim.
“The force will not give up on solving any of those terrible crimes, that is the tenacity of Northumbria Police.”
Ms Sim, who has given 30 years’ service as an officer, also spoke about the effect that Government cuts have had on the force in recent years.
“The financial cuts to Northumbria Police have been very, very extensive.
“We have had more cuts that anywhere else in the country.
“We’ve had to take £117million out of the budget after the Comprehensive Spending Review up to 2017.
“But the people of Sunderland have said they wanted to see officers out on the street.
“They want neighbourhood policing and I have been very passionate about making sure that we deliver that.
“I’m very, very proud and honoured to have been able to lead the force in all aspects of its policing.”