Witnesses sought in South Shields stabbing probe

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POLICE investigating a stabbing in South Tyneside are trying to trace witnesses.

On Saturday, June 22, a woman was injured in South Shields at about 10.55pm.

Police and an ambulance were called and the woman was taken to South Tyneside District Hospital for treatment to her injuries, which are not life-threatening.

Her attacker had made off by the time the police arrived but, half an hour later, officers were called to the hospital after a report of a disturbance at the entrance.

When they got there, they arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of the assault.

Officers now want to speak to a man and woman who were at the bus stop in Harton Lane, and may have been involved in an altercation with the suspect.

The man is described as being in his mid-20s with dark hair in a ponytail. Police also want to trace a female seen in Harton Lane at about the same time.

She was wearing a headscarf and is described as Asian. Another witness said he shouted a warning to her and she ran off.

Any witnesses or anyone who knows who the people involved might be, is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is assessing whether to proceed with an investigation into injuries the 25-year-old sustained in custody.

Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim referred the force to the IPCC after bruises were found on his face.

Two civilian detention officers have been suspended while the IPCC decide whether to go ahead with an investigation.

Any member of custody staff who may have had contact with the man have also been relocated elsewhere, and removed from custody duties until the probe is complete.

And all officers and staff working in South Shields custody suite, irrelevant of whether or not they had contact with the detained man, have been moved until the outcome of any investigation is known.

This includes those in some managerial roles.

Chief Constable Sim said: “The safety and protection of the public is of paramount importance, and that includes anyone brought into custody.”