A murder investigation has been launched after a 14-year-old boy died following a suspected assault.
Shortly after 8pm yesterday (Monday), officers were alerted by the ambulance service to a report of a teenage boy in the Aycliffe Crescent area in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, being seriously injured.
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Emergency services attended the scene and located the teenager, who had suffered an injury consistent with having been caused by a bladed article. He was then taken to hospital.
A NEAS (North East Ambulance Service) spokesperson said: “We received a call at 8.10pm last night to reports of an incident in the Gateshead area. We dispatched two specialist paramedics, three crews from our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), and requested support from the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS). One patient was taken by road to hospital for further treatment.”
Despite the best efforts of medics, he sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning.
His family are being supported by specially-trained officers at this devastating time, and anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of their website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20221003-0995.
Forensics team arrive at Whitehills Nature Park
An investigation was immediately launched, and a 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody.
Meanwhile, a 13-year-old girl has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and also remains in custody.
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Chief Superintendent Helena Barron said: “A teenage boy has sadly died and his family have been left devastated beyond belief. Our thoughts are very much with his loved ones at this time and we are supporting them in every way we can. We are determined to find out exactly what happened and a full investigation is ongoing into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident. We have arrested two teenagers in relation to the incident and officers remain in the area to carry out a range of enquiries and offer reassurance to the community.
Police search teams leaving the nature park in Gateshead.
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“While incidents of this nature are rare in our region, whenever they do occur we are committed to bringing those responsible to justice.”
She added: “We would ask the public not to speculate on details of the investigation. What might seem like an innocent post on social media to you, could in reality disrupt an on-going investigation and cause further upset to the family of the victim.
“We would ask that if you did see something or have information in relation to what has happened, please come forward directly to officers.”
More tributes have been left at the scene calling the teenage boy an “amazing friend to many” with a “gorgeous smile.”
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Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said:“It’s devastating that our region has lost another young person to serious violence, and my thoughts are with the victim’s family who will be experiencing unimaginable pain.
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“This should never have happened and it now sits with our police to carry out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances that have led to the senseless loss of a young life.
“I recognise the shock and concern that will no doubt be felt across local communities and I know officers will be on hand to offer reassurance.”
Residents shared their fears this morning as forensic police descended on the large nature reserve around 11.00 am this morning. Multiple police vehicles were also spotted on a residential street nearby, .
Speaking on Facebook, one resident wrote: “My God, it’s frightening here.”
“I do hope the police find out what has happened,” another user shared.
“It’s so sad and very scary at the moment,” a third wrote.
Another local posted: “Keep away from the area.”
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