A TEENAGER has been charged with murder following the death of a man in Newcastle.

At 6.20pm on Wednesday, August 14, police received a report that a man had been assaulted inside the doors of the shopping centre at Old Eldon Square.

Emergency services attended and he was taken to hospital where he died.

He has since been named as 52-year-old Peter Duncan, from Newcastle.

A 17-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has today been charged with murder, possession of an offensive weapon and theft. He is due to appear at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, August 19.

Officers have now also recovered a screwdriver which is believed to be the weapon used.

A total of eight males have been arrested as part of the investigation.

Two males aged 15 and two aged 17 have been released with no further action. A 14-year-old and a 17-year-old have been released under investigation.

A further 15-year-old arrested on Thursday has also been released under investigation.

Northumbria Police Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Ged Noble, said: “This continues to be an extremely difficult time for the family and loved ones of Peter and we ask that their privacy is respected.

“We know that these types of incidents can have a big impact on the local community. I want to reassure the public and businesses that we are doing all we can to prevent incidents of this tragic nature and ensure people feel safe.

“I also want to thank those who have come forward with information and for the public’s patience during our investigation.”

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference number 281 15/08/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.