Detective appears on BBC to appeal for help with Sunderland man’s unsolved murder

Tipu’s brother Mahsum Sultan (right) and Det Chief Insp John Bent (left). 

Northumbria Police detective, leading the investigation into the murder of Tipu Sultan, will appear on BBC1’s Crimewatch programme tonight.

Detective Chief Inspector John Bent will be live from the programme’s Cardiff studio this evening, as he appeals to millions of people across the country for help with the investigation into the unsolved murder in South Shields.

Sunderland father-of-two Tipu Sultan was murdered at just before 9:58pm on Tuesday, April 7, in a takeaway in South Shields.

He was approached by a man armed with a gun and shot from close range at the rear of the Herbs in Spice Kitchen takeaway, in Lake Avenue.

Two men on a motorbike were seen driving into the rear lane in Lake Avenue, just before the incident, and were 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 Crimewatch filming crew went to South Tyneside last week to interview detectives and Tipu’s brother Mahsum Sultan.

They also filmed a reconstruction of the shooting in Lake Avenue.

The footage will be broadcast on tonight’s show and Det Chief Insp John Bent is hoping that the appearance on the programme will lead to new information coming into police.

He said: “We are working with Crimewatch to help broaden our appeal for further information and encourage any witnesses to come forward to police.

“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.

“If anyone has any information they can contact officers in Northumbria on 101. They can call into the Crimewatch studios this evening or they can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“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 over 1,000 homes have been visited by officers carrying out house to house enquiries and 225 statements have been taken.

The incident room has received in excess of 100 phonecalls, emails, web submissions and letters from members of the public passing on information.

Any information can be passed to police, anonymously, on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Tipu lived in Sunderland with his wife Julie Nasrin, 27, son Ilyas, seven, and two-year-old daughter Aeysha.

Since the murder investigation was launched over 1,000 homes have been visited by officers carrying out house to house enquiries and 225 statements have been taken.

The incident room has received in excess of 100 phonecalls, emails, web submissions and letters from members of the public passing on information.

Crimewatch will be on BBC1 tonight at 9pm.

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