Two further teenagers have been charged with the murder of a much-loved dad following an assault outside a North East home at the start of last week.

Police were alerted by the ambulance service that a man had been injured on St Hilda’s Avenue, Holy Cross, Wallsend, at around 2.30pm on Monday (June 20).

The emergency services attended and found Nathaniel Wardle, 43, who had sustained serious injuries consistent with having been caused by a bladed article.

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Nathaniel, a father of four, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Northumbria Police have confirmed that two 17-year-old males, who cannot be named for legal reasons due to their age, have been charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

They are due to appear at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Saturday (June 25) morning.

The Northern Echo: Nathaniel Wardle Snr. Picture: NORTHUMBRIA POLICENathaniel Wardle Snr. Picture: NORTHUMBRIA POLICE

The charges come after another man, Mohammed Rabani, 18, of Weldon Crescent, Heaton, was charged with murder and possession of a bladed article in connection with the incident.

He appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday (June 24) and is due to next appear at Newcastle Crown Court in November.

Detective Inspector Louise Jenkins, of Northumbria Police, has urged that Nathaniel’s family are respected, as well as reminding members of the public about jeopardising an active police investigation.

The Northern Echo: The scene on St Hilda’s Avenue, Holy Cross, Wallsend, on Monday (June 20). Picture: NORTH NEWSThe scene on St Hilda’s Avenue, Holy Cross, Wallsend, on Monday (June 20). Picture: NORTH NEWS

She said: “This is an extremely difficult time for the family and loved ones of Nathaniel and we ask that their privacy is continued to be respected.

“We know that these types of incidents can cause some concern within the local community. I want to reassure everyone that we believe there is no wider threat to the public and officers remain in the area to continue their enquiries.

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

“Three males are now due to appear in court charged in connection with this incident and I want to remind the public to please refrain from any speculation – both on social media and in the wider community – that could jeopardise the legal proceedings.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of Northumbria Police’s website or by calling 101, quoting log NP-20220622-0535.

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