POLICE have moved to reassure the community in the area where a man was murdered that it is safe to walk the streeets.
David Charlton, 25, suffered fatal stab wounds on Friday night at the junction of Stanhope Road and Boldon Lane, South Shields.
He was involved in an altercation with two men, who left him for dead in the street.
Police believe he had been in the Last Orders pub, but left with his girlfriend shortly before the attack.
Two men walking in the opposite direction to the couple are alleged to have made comments towards them, which then led to a verbal altercation and the fatal assault.
Chief Inspector Mick Barton, 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 information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.
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