Gateshead stabbing: Tomasz Oleszak, 14, named as victim

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Tomasz Oleszak died in hospital the day after he was injured

A 14-year-old boy who died after being stabbed has been named by police.

Tomasz Oleszak, from Gateshead, was seriously injured in the Aycliffe Crescent area of the Springwell Estate at about 20:00 BST on Monday.

He died in hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A 14-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murder and a girl, 13, held on suspicion of assisting an offender remain in custody.

Northumbria Police said Tomasz’s family were “utterly devastated”.

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Many floral tributes have been left near the scene

Head teacher Brendan Robson, of Cardinal Hume Catholic School in Gateshead, where the teenager was a pupil, said everyone was “devastated”.

He also said a parents’ evening due to be held had been cancelled as a “mark of respect”.

“We are devastated to hear of this tragic incident involving one of our students,” Mr Robson said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very sad time.

“As a school we are doing all we can to support our students and everyone in our community who is affected; we are also supporting the police with their ongoing inquiries.”

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Police are now carrying out “extensive inquiries” at Whitehills Nature Park

Cards left with flowers where Tomasz was found described him as an “amazing friend” and someone “loved and missed by many”.

The teenager played at Gateshead Cleveland Hall Community Football Club which said in a statement it was “devastated” to learn of his death.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and anyone that knew Tomasz,” it said.

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There was a heavy police presence in the area

In a fundraising page set up in Tomasz’s memory, one of his football coaches said he was a “very kind, caring young man” who had been brought to the UK by his parents for a better life and “didn’t deserve what has happened to him”.

He said: “He was much-loved member of his local community and will be sadly missed by all who loved him.

“This is every parent’s worst nightmare come true and can’t imagine what they’re going through.”

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Bob Boustead said the whole football community was shocked

The appeal aimed at supporting Tomasz’s family has raised more than £12,000 and received dozens of messages of condolence.

Bob Boustead, chairman of Tomasz’s football club, told BBC Look North the whole of “grass-roots community of football” was in shock, adding: “We’ve never had anything like this. It’s very difficult to get to grips with.”

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Police cordoned off land in the Aycliffe Crescent area of Gateshead

Northumbria Police Ch Supt Helena Barron stressed such incidents were rare in the region and said officers would remain in the area.

“I want to reiterate my plea to the public not to speculate on details of the investigation,” she said.

“What might seem like an innocent comment or post on social media to you could in reality disrupt an ongoing investigation and cause further upset to the family of the victim.”

The force has asked anyone with information to speak directly to officers.

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