Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home News UK

Man's murder treated as hate crime

Published 07/06/2015

Police are investigating after a body was found on a grassy area in Fawden, Newcastle.
Police are investigating after a body was found on a grassy area in Fawden, Newcastle.

Police investigating the murder of a 24-year-old man are treating his death as a disability hate crime.

Lee Irving, who had learning difficulties and was described as "vulnerable", was discovered on a grassed area in Newcastle yesterday morning.

Four men and one woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Northumbria Police said they are investigating whether Mr Irving's learning difficulties were a factor in his death.

Superintendent Bruce Storey said: "It's thought those involved in this incident know each other.

"Lee had learning difficulties and was vulnerable. One of our key lines of inquiry was to establish whether this is a factor in his death and a motivation in this crime."

Emergency services were called to an area near a pathway between Dorrington Road and Hazeldene Avenue in Fawdon at around 8.34am yesterday.

Mr Irving, from Camperdown, East Denton, was declared dead at the scene and a post-mortem examination was carried out.

Police said the local community are "shocked and appalled" by Mr Irving's death and extra officers are carrying out patrols in the area to offer reassurance.

Inquiries are ongoing and police want to speak to anyone who was in Fawdon between 7am and 9am on Saturday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 407 of 06/06/15 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph