The brutal killers who shot South Shields businessman Tipu Sultan in the throat at close range are “particularly dangerous” and need to be caught, the lead detective in the case has said.
Detective Chief Inspector John Bent will be live on BBC1’s Crimewatch programme tonight, appealing to viewers for help with the investigation into last month’s unsolved murder in Lake Avenue.
Revealing for the first time how Tipu, 32, was shot through the throat, he said: “To shoot somebody with a shotgun from half-a-metre away, through the throat in a cold-blooded killing and make off from the scene – to someone who to all intents and purposes is very much a pillar of society, a well-known, respected, polite and considerate young father – to murder somebody in cold blood like that – these are particularly dangerous people that we need to catch.”
A reconstruction of the Sunderland dad-of-two’s last moments, before he was gunned down outside the Herbs’n’Spice Kitchen, was filmed last week.
A Crimewatch crew came to South Tyneside to interview detectives, as well as Tipu’s brother Mahsum Sultan, who described his brother as “an amazing person” who was “always smiling”.
Tipu was murdered at just before 9.58pm on Tuesday, April 7. He was approached by a man armed with a gun and shot from close range at the rear of his takeaway.
No matter how irrelevant you may think the information may be – it could be vital to helping solve the murder of Tipu Sultan.DCI John Bent
Two men on a motorbike were seen driving into the rear lane of Lake Avenue just before the incident and seen driving away immediately after the shooting.
Officers believe that these two men were responsible for the murder of Tipu Sultan and enquiries are underway to identify and locate them.
The footage will be broadcast on tonight’s show and DCI Bent is hoping that the appearance on the show will lead to new information from viewers.
“We are working with Crimewatch to help broaden our appeal for further information and encourage any witnesses to come forward to police,” DCI Bent said.
“The filming in Lake Avenue generated a lot of interest from local people and I’d urge as many people as possible to tune into Crimewatch tonight to see if the reconstruction jogs anyone’s memory.
“Any information could be the key we need to solving this investigation – no matter how irrelevant you may think the information may be – it could be vital to helping solve the murder of Tipu Sultan,”
Northumbria Police can be contacted on 101, or viewers can call the Crimewatch studios this evening or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. DCI Bent added: “Any information can be passed anonymously – we don’t need to take your details – we just need any information that you may have that could help us catch Tipu’s killers.”
Since the murder investigation was launched more than a thousand homes have been visited by officers in the course of house-to-house enquiries and 225 statements have been taken.
The incident room has received in excess of a hundred phonecalls, emails, web submissions and letters from members of the public.