A 15-year-old boy was detained after a man was slain in a ‘forecourt attack’ at a gas station.
A TEENAGER has been detained after a 40-year-old man was killed in a “attack” at a gas station in County Durham.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, a 40-year-old man called Thomas Mallaby was assaulted on the forecourt of a gas station. The alleged major attack occurred in the community of Annfield Plain in County Durham, at a gas station. At 2.40 a.m., cops hurried to the Esso garage site on Morrison Road after receiving complaints of an assault.
Mr Mallaby was brought to the hospital after the event due to his critical injuries.
The 40-year-old was pronounced dead at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
County Durham Police said a 15-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the incident on Monday.
The adolescent was arrested on charges of causing serious bodily harm with the intent to do so.
Officers from Durham Constabulary’s Major Crime Team are said to have questioned him before releasing him on bail while police conduct further investigations.
Officers have stated the incident is unrelated “in any way” to recent gasoline shortages, which have seen petrol forecourts clogged with motorists desperate to get their hands on petrol and diesel amid a panic-buying frenzy that has swept the UK.
Police have called the situation as “tragic,” and they claim they are still investigating what transpired.
Officers have assured the public that no other suspects are being sought in connection with the event.
According to police, Mr Mallaby’s wife and family are currently receiving assistance from expert officers within the force.
The investigation’s lead detective superintendent, Dave Ashton, said: “This was a very unfortunate occurrence, and my sympathies are with Mr Mallaby’s family and friends as they mourn his death.
“We’re attempting to figure out precisely what happened, but I’d like to reassure the community that no one else is being sought in connection with this event.
“Although the incident occurred on the forecourt of a gas station, I want to emphasize that it has nothing to do with the present gasoline shortages.”