First photo of Wearside schoolboy stabbed to death

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POLICE have released this photo of schoolboy stabbing victim Jordan Cooper.

The 14-year-old died in Sunderland Royal Hospital in the early hours today following an incident at his gran’s house in Newriggs, Fatfield, Washington.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested.

Police said today they would be stepping up patrols in the area, to reassure neighbours after the incident.

Acting Chief Superintendent Alan Veitch said: “This is a tragic loss and our thoughts are with the family of the boy.

“Extra officers will be patrolling in the area to answer any concerns members of the public may have.

“This is an isolated incident that has happened inside the home between two people who knew each other. They are relatives and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this death.”

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According to the police-produced crime map of the area around Newriggs in Washington saw 80 crimes in December 2010 – the latest figures available for the area.

The 80 crimes in the 1,500m radius from Newriggs saw 51 incidents of anti-social behaviour; three incidents of burglary; six of vehicle crime; six of violent crime; and 14 incidents of “other crime”.

In Newriggs itself, the site – which was introduced last month – recorded two crimes in December, both of which were in the “other crime” category.

That means “all other crime reported to the police including criminal damage, shoplifting and drug offences.”

There is also a whole host of other crimes that fall into the category.

*Website UpMyStreet.com – which rates areas over various catergories – says that the NE38 area, in general, has families that are on medium to low incomes.

It says that there is a low to medium number of families that have a house with a mortgage and a medium number of people who are educated to degree level.

The website adds, though, that the area significantly varies from post code to post code.