THE detective leading the hunt to catch the murderers of Tipu Sultan says police are “getting closer” to finding those responsible for his cold-blooded killing.
As today marks the one-month anniversary since the popular South Tyneside businessman was gunned down outside his family’s takeaway, police continue to appeal for help in tracing the hitmen.
Somebody somewhere knows who murdered Tipu Sultan and we are getting closer to finding out who that is and why they did it.
The 32-year-old was shot at close range at the back of the Herbs & Spice Kitchen takeaway, in Lake Avenue, South Shields, just before 10pm on Tuesday, April 7.
Police believe two men on a motorbike who were seen driving into the back lane in Lake Avenue just before the killing and then seen driving away immediately after the shooting are responsible.
Today, Northumbria Police said that since the murder investigation was launched its officers have seized over 2,000 hours of CCTV footage from the area where the shooting happened.
More than 1,000 homes have been visited by officers carrying out house-to-house enquiries and 225 statements have been taken.
Police say an incident room has also received in excess of 100 phonecalls, emails, web submissions and letters from members of the public passing on information.
Detective Chief Inspector John Bent, who is leading the murder inquiry, thanked the public for all of their support with the investigation.
He added: “We are pleased with the response from the local community in South Shields and especially from local residents in and around Lake Avenue.
“The Bangladeshi communities in both South Shields and Sunderland have been really supportive to the investigation team and I would like to express our thanks to everyone who has come forward and spoke to us so far.
“A month on since Tipu was murdered, we continue to have a team of detectives working on this case – following up leads, checking CCTV footage and speaking with witnesses.
“Somebody somewhere knows who murdered Tipu Sultan and we are getting closer to finding out who that is and why they did it.
“We will continue to work until we find those responsible and I’d urge anyone with information to pass it onto police as soon as possible.”
Hundreds gathered at Sunderland’s Bangladeshi Community Centre, in Tatham Street, Hendon, on April 22 for the funeral of Tipu, who lived in the city’s Millfield area with Julie Nasrin, 27, son Ilyas, seven, and two-year-old daughter Aeysha.
A 35-year-old Newcastle man arrested on conspiracy to murder on April 12 has been bailed pending further enquiries.
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 also be passed anonymously by ringing Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.