A 15-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with murder of a man who died following an attack at a petrol station.
Thomas Mallaby, 40, was assaulted on the forecourt of an Esso fuel station in the early hours of Sunday morning in the village of Annfield Plain, County Durham.
Durham Police stressed the incident was “not connected in any way” to the nationwide problems over fuel deliveries.
The teenager was remanded in custody when he appeared before Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning.
Police investigating the death of a man in Annfield Plain have this evening charged a teenager with murder.
The 15-year-old has been remanded in police custody to appear before Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning.
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Mr Mallaby was seriously assaulted at a garage on Morrison Road at 2.40am on September 26.
He was taken Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary for emergency treatment but sadly died as a result of his injuries on September 28.
His wife and family are currently being supported by specialist police officers.
Detective Superintendant Dave Ashton said: “This was a truly tragic incident, and my thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Mallaby following their devastating loss.
“We are working to establish exactly what happened, but I would like to reassure the community that we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.
“Although the incident happened on the forecourt of a fuel station, I am keen to stress that it was not connected in any way to the current issues of fuel shortages.”