A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his brother following a suspected stabbing in Blyth.

At about 3.45am yesterday (August 2) officers received a report of concern for the welfare of a man in the Duke’s Gardens area of the town.

Emergency services attended the scene and found Gary Wilkie, 46, of Blyth, who had suffered injuries consistent with having been caused by a bladed article.

He was treated at the scene, but despite the best efforts of paramedics, he sadly died a short time later.

James Rutherford, 34, of no fixed abode – who is Gary’s brother – has appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court in Bedlington this morning (August 3),

He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth that he was homeless.

The charges of murder and possession of an offensive weapon were read to him, but he was not asked to plead.

Rutherford was remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday (August 5). 

Earlier today, Detective Inspector David Johnson, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is clearly a very serious incident which has been devastating for Gary’s family. Our thoughts are with them at this terrible time, and we will continue to offer them any support they need.

“I would ask that their privacy is respected as they attempt to come to terms with the events of the last 24 hours.

“I would also like to thank everybody who has so far assisted with this investigation, including our blue-light partners as well as the public who have come forward with information.

He added it is important everyone refrains from any speculation, both on social media and out in the wider community, that could jeopardise the live legal proceedings.

DI Johnson said: “I would continue to appeal for anybody who saw anything suspicious in this area at the time, who has not already done so, to get in touch with police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20220802-0107.

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