Posted on 1st Jun 2012 @ 2:05 PM
Once again, the police force and other law enforcement agencies are relying on the great technology of CCTV security surveillance to help catch a dangerous person. Time has proven once and again that having an effective CCTV security surveillance system can be infinitely helpful in catching a criminal and topping crime. This time, the police have released recorded footage of a violent attack in Gateshead. The video shows the few moments immediately after the assault happened and shows the suspects walking away from the scene on foot. Their clothing and size can be clearly seen in the video.
Very early into the morning of May 13th, around 12:20AM, a 36 year old man was walking between Wellington Street and Felling Metro Station, in Felling, Gateshead, when he was suddenly and viciously assaulted by three men. The men knocked him to the ground and began punching and kicking him, causing several cuts around his face. The men then robbed him of what little cash he had, stole his cigarettes, and hurriedly fled the scene.
According to the CCTV security surveillance footage, there were a number of witnesses to the incident, and those witnesses are currently being encouraged to step forward with any information they may concerning the incident. The attack happened between Wellington Street and Felling Metro station, and police are currently trying to trace any information about the attackers so that they can be arrested and brought to trial.
Detective Constable Shaun Atherton, of Northumbria Police's Gateshead CID, released the following public statement in regards to the incident: "The footage that we are releasing shows the victim in the moments after the attack. You can clearly see he is injured and staggers as he crosses Wellington Street and off camera. The second clip shows a woman who was walking in Sunderland Road just after the assault took place and who may have witnessed the incident. She was on her mobile phone and was walking from the direction of Pear Tree pub towards Felling Metro Station. The last clip is of a taxi picking up a fare who was waiting next to the bus stop just across from where the assault happened. We want to trace the taxi driver and the passenger. I must stress that these people are witnesses and are no way involved with the assault. We simply need them to make contact with us and we can arrange to speak to them and find out if they saw anything on the night the assault took place. We are continuing to appeal for anyone who was at Felling Metro station in the early hours of Sunday, May 13, to contact us with any information. We have a number of CCTV images of people who we know were at the station around the time of the assault and we may consider releasing this images to help us trace further witnesses if needed - I'd ask anyone who thinks they can help to contact us as soon as possible."