Murder investigation goes digital

A North East murder investigation is going digital through a national major incident website.

Cleveland Police launched a murder investigation following the death of Craig Barker, 47, also known as Craig Slater, of Cleatlam Close in Stockton who was assaulted at his home in the early hours of Sunday 22nd July. Sadly Craig died at hospital on Tuesday 24th July after suffering injuries consistent with a sharp edged weapon.

During the incident, the family’s dog Leo was also attacked and killed.

Today the Force initiated the use the UK Police Major Incident Public Reporting Site to help trace the person who they want to speak to in connection with the death.

From today, by visiting the Major Incident website at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/910 the public can also pass on information online.

Cleveland Police Head of Crime Detective Chief Superintendent Jon Green said: “A dedicated team of detectives is working on this case and all necessary specialist resources are being made available to the investigation team. Everyone involved shares a determination to locate and bring to justice the person believed to be responsible for Mr Barker’s death.

“Anyone with indeed information can approach any police officer and speak to them about this incident, call 999 or use the new national major incident reporting website to pass on information.”

Anyone who has information but who does not wish to speak with police can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via its website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by phoning 0800 555 111.