Murder Investigation Launched in Middlesbrough

Police have launched a murder investigation after a woman was found dead at her home in Middlesbrough.

Officers were called to a house on The Avenue in Linthorpe at 8.20pm on Monday 14th May.

34-year-old Jessica Patel, originally from the Leeds area, was found with serious injuries at the address and was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem examination has taken place, however, for investigative purposes the cause of death won’t be released at this time.

Detective Superintendent Tariq Ali, from Cleveland Police, said: “A woman has been murdered in her home. At this stage of the investigation we are not able to say much more than this, other than that a team of dedicated officers and specialist staff are now working hard to get to the facts.

“When a murder takes place in our community, perhaps even near our own homes, we aren’t deaf to the fear and worry this causes. As soon as we can say more about this crime, we will say more, but please be assured that our neighbourhood teams are increasing patrols in the area and are out and about, happy to speak to anyone to offer reassurance and talk directly to local people.”

There are no arrests at this time, however, enquiries are ongoing.

The Avenue is a busy route used by buses, motorists and pedestrians. Detectives are appealing to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area around The Avenue, particularly between the junctions with The Crescent and Lancaster Road, yesterday evening to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101, quoting event number 85888. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.