Disabled man ‘killed by bullies’


Published: Monday 8th June 2015 by The News Editor

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The mother of a dead disabled man has said he was killed by bullies and that he had “the mind of an eight-year-old”.

Lee Irving, 24, who was described by police as vulnerable and having learning difficulties, was found on a grassed area in Newcastle on Saturday morning.

The police have since arrested five people on suspicion of murder and are investigating whether his learning difficulties were a factor in his death.

Mr Irving’s mother, Bev, wrote on Facebook: “My son been killed the day off a bunch of f** bully he had the mind of a eight year old xc”.

After his body was discovered paramedics were called to the grassed area but he was declared dead at the scene.

The police said they believed the four men and one woman who have been arrested knew each other and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Superintendent Bruce Storey, of Northumbria Police, said: “It’s thought those involved in this incident know each other. Lee had learning difficulties and was vulnerable, one of our key lines of inquiry is to establish whether this is a factor in his death and a motivation in this crime.

“It’s important those suspected of being responsible face the consequences of their actions and I would urge anyone who was in Fawdon on Saturday morning, between 7am and 9am, to come forward and speak to us.

“If they saw anything at all that seemed out of the ordinary, no matter how insignificant they think it is we would ask them to get in contact. Five people have been arrested, they remain in custody and are helping with our inquiries.

“Extra officers will continue to carry out patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the local community, who understandably are shocked and appalled by this tragic death.”

Published: Monday 8th June 2015 by The News Editor

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