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Newcastle student Sijabuliso Nkala death: No one else sought

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Image caption The area was cordoned off during the investigation

Police say there is no third party involvement in the death of a Newcastle University student who died on a cycle path.

Sijabuliso Nkala, 24, was found with a puncture wound to the chest near a cycle path at The Oval in the Walker area at 11:04 BST on Thursday.

Paramedics performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said inquiries into the death had been carried out and police believe there was no third party involvement.

'Smile and enthusiasm'

Mr Nkala was an engineering student at Newcastle University and was living in the Jesmond area.

Professor Barrie Mecrow, head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, said the news had come as a "terrible shock".

"Affectionately known as Jabu, he was a very modest young man who spoke well of everyone," he said.

"Around the school, he always had a smile on his face and a positive attitude towards academic work.

"He was a focused individual who will be remembered for his smile and his enthusiasm."

A report is being prepared for the coroner, police said.

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