PARENTS of a much-loved teenager who tragically died following a fatal attack at the weekend have paid tribute to their son.

Jack Woodley, 18, was severely injured during a fight which began near the Britannia Inn on Newbottle Street, in Houghton-le-Spring on Saturday evening.

The teenager, who was originally from the Durham area, was taken to hospital but died from stab injuries surrounded by loved ones on Sunday night.

Jack, who had recently moved to Sunderland, leaves behind his parent, three brothers, a loving girlfriend and many friends.

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Paying tribute, his family said: “Jack will be sorely missed by us all, we will always miss our cheeky and charming blue-eyed boy.”

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Flowers have been left at the scene of the attack

A murder investigation was launched in the wake of Jack’s death and nine teenagers, aged between 14-17, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding. They remain in police custody.

Detective Inspector Joanne Brooks, of Northumbria Police, the senior investigating officer on the case, she said: “This was a tragic incident that has sadly resulted in the death of an 18-year-old man who had his whole life ahead of him.

“Our thoughts go out to Jack’s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time and they will continue to be supported by specialist officers.

“The family have requested that their privacy is respected, and we urge everyone to allow them space to grieve.”

She added: “We know this incident has shocked the community and as our investigation continues, there will be extra patrols in the area and I would urge anyone with concerns to speak to an officer.

“We are absolutely committed to finding out the circumstances that led to this most tragic event, and I’d like to thank witnesses, many of whom are young themselves, who have already been in touch.

“Nothing will ever bring back Jack but the best way to honour is memory is to make sure those responsible for his death are brought to justice.

“Our enquiries will continue and I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident or has information, who has not yet come forward, to pick up the phone and contact police or Crimestoppers. Any information, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is, could prove crucial to this investigation.”

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Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log NP-20211016-1193 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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