Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Call That Could Catch a Killer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Call That Could Catch a Killer

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Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter

THE recording of a 999 call which could help unravel a murder mystery has been released in a bid to trace the killers of a Heddon man six months on from his death.

David Wilson was found dead on December 14 in his Southwick home and now police have released a mystery caller who could hold vital information in helping to trace the popular grandfather's killer.

Tara Wilson, David's only child, was joined by his brother Ian, on a day fraught with emotion as they renewed their appeal for information.

In the six months since his death his family have battled on but they said the pain of David missing out on major milestones has proved almost too much to bear.

His daughter, Tara, said: "It's hard. "You want to let all the emotion out but you just can't - you have to you have to restrain yourself a little bit, we know it's going to be a long road.

"The last six months have flown by but it's been hard for everyone in the family."

His brother, Ian Wilson, added: "It would've been David's 50th on May 27 and it was an upsetting time.

"Instead of celebrating his birthday we were scattering his ashes at the cricket ground where he used to play.

"He's missed out on his two grandchildren and he's missed out on the birth of his great nephew."

Ian said David had grown up in Heddon before moving to Sunderland where he remained popular. Tara added: "He would help rather than hurt.

"He was a gentle man." Senior investigating officer detective inspector Mark Ward revealed the 49-year-old died after being stabbed, and while police have recovered the murder weapon they are still working to catch the killer.

The investigation is focussed on identifying the mystery 999-caller who asks for a lift from Sunderland, near the Halfway House pub in Southwick, to Gateshead, at 4.41am on December 14 and the individual who had arranged to pick the male caller up originally.

Police would also like to speak to a man pictured in CCTV earlier in the investigation wearing a red hat.

The man is believed to have robbed another man in Southwick Green at around 4. …

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