Police release CCTV in Sunderland murder probe

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POLICE investigating a murder in Sunderland are releasing CCTV images of people they need to speak to.

Officers are continuing to investigate the killing of David Wilson, 51, from Southwick Road, who was found at a house in Southwick Road.

A 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. He has now been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Enquiries are ongoing and police are appealing for witnesses to an alleged incident that happened in the Southwick Green area of Sunderland between 3:30am and 4.15am on Sunday, December 14, that officers believe may be linked.

A report came into police at 4.18am on Sunday, December 14, from a man saying he had been mugged in the area around the Post Office ATM in Southwick Green.

CCTV from the area shows the (mugging) victim and a person at the ATM at around 4:09am. It also shows another person at the cash machine at around 4:17am.

Officers are releasing images of the two people and want to identify and speak to them as it is believed they may have information that could help with the investigation.

DCI Christina Barrett said: “Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and we are focusing on a mugging that was reported to have happened in the area of Southwick Green sometime between 3:30am and 4:15am on the Sunday morning. We are looking into whether or not it is linked in someway to the murder of David Wilson and we really need help from the public and the people in Southwick.

“The footage shows there were people in the area around the Post Office ATM and we really need to identify and speak to them about what happened there.

“I’d urge local residents, taxi drivers, or anyone who was in the area on Sunday morning and who might have seen or heard anything to contact us with information as soon as possible. If anyone recognises the people in the images, perhaps from the distinctive red hat or clothing, then I’d also ask them to get in touch and pass any information on to police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 583 14/12/14 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.