Flowers left at Old Eldon Square as Newcastle murder investigation continues

Flowers have been left outside Eldon Square shopping centre after a man was stabbed to death.

A murder investigation is under way after 52-year-old Peter Duncan was killed in what has been described as an “unprovoked attack” outside Greggs inside the doors of Eldon Square.

Now, the tragedy has led to floral tributes being left outside the centre and readers expressing their shock and sadness at the incident.

A woman said: “RIP. Condolences to the family. And also thoughts to anyone who witnessed it or anyone who helped at the scene.”

Alleged murder victim Peter Duncan
Alleged murder victim Peter Duncan

Another said: “Absolutely heartbreaking. My 13-year-old just missed this by seconds. She was terrified when she found out.

“She often meets up with her friends there this has put them off. Such a sad world god bless to gentleman and his family at this sad time.”

“Shocking beyond belief. I had just walked through there minutes before this horrific event happened. Heartfelt condolences to the man’s family & friends,” one woman said.

“Poor man, my thoughts and prays go out to his family. I was going to be heading into town with my son this morning but I think I’m going to avoid it for a little while,” a man said.

Officers were called to the incident at around 6.20pm on Wednesday.

Mr Duncan, from the Newcastle area, is believed to have been stabbed with a screwdriver and was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary where he was pronounced dead.

He was named as the victim on Thursday afternoon as his family paid tribute to a “devoted father”.

Northumbria Police confirmed seven boys – a 14-year-old, two 15-year-olds and four 17-year-olds – have been arrested in connection to the incident.

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All are now being questioned on suspicion of murder.

Police patrols have been increased in the city centre to make sure people feel safe.

 

Author: Hot reporter