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“DEVASTATING”: Man charged with murdering his brother


Police have released the name of a man who died at an address in Sunderland as his brother is charged with his murder.

Shortly after 1am on Friday June 18 officers were alerted by the ambulance service to a report of an assault having taken place at a property on Park Avenue in the Silksworth area of the city.

Emergency services attended and found a 24-year-old man who had sustained serious, life-threatening injuries, consistent with a stabbing. Sadly, despite attempts to save his life, he died at the scene.

His family have continued to be supported by specialist officers and police have confirmed his identity as Samuel Campbell.

Samuel’s brother William, 25, of Allen Court, Stokesley, was arrested at the scene and was charged with murder.

He appeared at a remand court sitting at Newcastle Crown Court on Saturday where he was remanded in custody to appear at the same court on Tuesday June 22.

Detective Chief Inspector Jane Fairlamb, from Northumbria Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET), has confirmed officers remain in the area of Park Avenue.

She said: “This continues to be a devastating time for the Campbell family and we are doing everything we can to ensure they have access to support.

“They are finding it very difficult to come to terms with what has happened and we would ask you to respect their privacy while we conduct our enquiries.

“An investigation into the circumstances around the alleged assault are ongoing but William has now been charged with Samuel’s murder.

“This has taken place at their family home and we want to reassure residents in the area, and the wider community, that there is no risk to the public.

“A cordon remains in place at the address on Park Avenue and we will continue to carry out patrols in the area so that any concerned residents can ask us any questions they may have.”

Northumbria Police have said “Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log 58 18/06/21.

“Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report information at the Northumbria Police website.”


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