Murder Investigation - Police Appeal to Trace Man

A murder investigation has been launched after a man died following an assault in Stockton at the weekend.

Nathan Davis Craig Barker, 47, also known as Craig Slater, of Cleatlam Close was assaulted at his home in the early hours of Sunday morning and died this morning (Tuesday 24th July) at James Cook University Hospital. The assault took place the day before Mr Barker’s birthday.

Mr Barker’s injuries are consistent with a sharp edged weapon.

During the incident, the family’s dog Leo was also attacked and killed.

Officers are now urgently seeking to trace Nathan Davis, 25, (pictured above) who they would like to speak to in connection with the incident. Mr Davis may have left the Cleveland force area and members of the public are asked not to approach Mr Davis but to contact police on 999 if they see him.

Police would also like to trace the occupants of a silver C-Class Mercedes which was seen in the Cleatlam Close area before and after the incident which took place at 10am on Sunday 22nd July.  This vehicle was found abandoned in Calf Fallow Lane in Norton on Sunday morning and is being forensically examined.

Cleveland Police Head of Crime Detective Chief Superintendent Jon Green said: “Firstly my thoughts and sympathies are with Mr Barker’s family and friends.  Specially trained officers have been deployed to support Mr Barker’s family through this extremely difficult time.

“A dedicated team of detectives is working on this case and all necessary specialist resources are being made available to the investigation team.  Everyone involved shares a determination to locate and bring to justice the person believed to be responsible for Mr Barker’s death.

“Naturally this development will shock and upset the local community and my thoughts are with them too. Residents can be assured that we still do not believe there is any current risk to the wider public and we still have a visible police presence in and around Cleatlam Close.

“Anyone with concerns - or indeed information - can approach any police officer and speak to them about this incident.”

Anyone who has information but who does not wish to speak with police can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via its website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by phoning 0800 555 111.