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Chippy customers could hold clues to couple’s murder

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POLICE say customers at a chip shop could provide answers in a murder investigation.

Martin Ruddy aged 28, of South Tyneside, has been charged with two counts of murder after the killing of his parents.

Eric Ruddy, 64, and his 54-year-old wife Carol, were found at their home in Bentinck Street, Elswick, Newcastle, on Friday December 12.

They were taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where they were later pronounced dead.

Ruddy has been remanded in custody and progressing through the court system.

Police investigating are continuing to appeal for information. DCI Andy Fairlamb said: “We’re aware there were people passing through the area at the time - between 8.30pm and 10.30pm on Friday, December 12.

“There’s a local chip shop called Fresh Fry Fish Shop nearby, as well as a restaurant called Eamaan, and we know from enquiries people had been there and passed through Bentinck Street.

“I’d urge anyone who was in that area to get in touch with us.

“Even if they think the information is irrelevant, it may prove important, so I’d encourage people to get in touch.

“I’d like to reassure people that a man has been charged with murder and is now going through the court process.”

Martin Ruddy aged 28, of South Tyneside, has been charged with two counts of murder and is remanded in custody and progressing through the court system.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1303 of 12/12/14 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.