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23 December 2012, 11:03
Police are holding a 31 year old man on suspicion of murder after the stabbing of a 25 year old man in South Shields.
David Charlton died on Friday night following a row outside the Last Orders pub at the junction of Stanhope Road and Boldon Lane in South Shields.
A 31 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.
At this stage, it appears the man had left Last Orders public house with his girlfriend when two youths walking in the opposite direction made comments towards them.
A row then took place and the two youths assaulted him, inflicting stab wounds.
DCI Paul Young, from Northumbria Police's Major Crime Team, said: "It appears the man was walking along the street following a social night out and was involved in this incident with two youths who then assaulted him.
"A young man has lost his life and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish what happened and who is responsible. This includes checking CCTV in the area, speaking with witnesses and carrying out searches of the scene and surrounding area.
"I'd appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information about the people responsible to get in touch with police as soon as possible.
"Specifically, it's possible the weapon, which we believe to be a knife, and some clothing, may have been discarded in the vicinity and anyone who sees anything at all which is suspicious or out of place should contact us.
"I'm making a direct appeal to the public - someone must know who the people responsible are, people don't need to give their name, they can contact us anonymously, but I'd urge people to call us at the earliest opportunity."
Chief Inspector Brian Walker, from South Tyneside Area Command, said: "We understand this incident has caused concern to the community and we've got extra officers on patrol to reassure people that everything is being done to trace the people involved.
"There is no place for such violent behaviour on the streets of South Tyneside and Northumbria and a specialised team of detectives is piecing together all the information available to establish the circumstances.
"This is a tragic incident and anyone who has information should get in touch with us as soon as possible. Anyone with any concerns should speak with their local officers."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.