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Tipu Sultan murder: 'Significant' leads after Crimewatch appeal

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Image caption Tipu Sultan died outside the takeaway in South Shields run by his family

Police investigating the murder of a man shot dead outside a South Shields takeaway said "significant" leads have emerged following a Crimewatch appeal.

Tipu Sultan, 32, was found with a single gunshot wound outside Herbs n Spice Kitchen where he worked on 7 April.

Detectives hoped a reconstruction would encourage witnesses to come forward.

Northumbria Police said following the programme on Tuesday, a man shown in CCTV footage has been identified.

Det Ch Insp John Bent said the man had now been removed from the inquiry.

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Image caption A "very significant" witness who was in the area just before the shooting has been identified from CCTV footage

He said: "We have had some really interesting calls so far.

"Some people actually putting names of people forward that they believe are responsible for this horrendous crime."

More than 1,000 homes have been visited by officers carrying out house-to-house inquiries and 225 statements have been taken after the murder investigation was launched following the shooting in Lake Avenue.

Officers have also received more than 100 phone calls, emails and letters from members of the public.

A 35-year-old Newcastle man has been arrested and bailed in connection with the death.

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