Tipu Sultan murder to be featured on BBC’s Crimewatch

Tipu Sultan.
Tipu Sultan.

THE murder of a Sunderland dad gunned down outside his family’s takeaway is to be featured on BBC’s Crimewatch.

Popular businessman Tipu Sultan, from Millfield, was killed just before 10pm on Tuesday April 7.

Tipu Sultan.

Tipu Sultan.

The 32-year-old was shot at close range at the back of his family’s Herbs and Spice Kitchen takeaway in Lake Avenue, South Shields.

Now, police have confirmed Crimewatch will feature the murder as detectives continue to hunt for his killer.

Camera crews have been in the area for the past two nights to recreate the cold-blooded murder.

It is hoped the reconstruction will jog people’s memories and lead police to the killer.

As yet a date for airing has yet to be confirmed.

Since the murder investigation, led by Detective Chief Inspector John Bent, was launched, officers have seized more than 2,000 hours of CCTV footage, more than 1,000 homes have been visited by police carrying out house-to-house inquiries, and hundreds of statements have been taken.

Police believe two men on a motorbike were seen driving into the back lane in Lake Avenue just before the killing, and then seen driving away immediately after the shooting, are responsible for the murder.

They have also ruled out Tipu was killed in a case of mistaken identity.

His funeral saw hundreds of people gather at Sunderland’s Bangladeshi Community Centre in Tatham Street, Hendon, on April 22 to pay their last respects to Tipu, who was a father to son Ilyas, seven, and two-year-old daughter Aeysha. Speaking shortly after the killing, his brother Mahsum Sultan, 24, and parents Aleya Begum and father Amin Maih, made an emotional plea to the public at South Shields police station to help catch those responsible for the murder.

Mahsum said: “Tipu was a family man who was involved in both communities in Sunderland and South Shields, and we’re grateful for all the support we have had from the community and the police.”

Anyone with any information that could help with enquiries is asked to contact police as soon as possible on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference number 1255 07/04/15.

Information can also be passed anonymously by ringing Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.