Father beaten to death in underpass ‘tried to stop yobs from taking partner’s handbag’

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Father beaten to death in underpass ‘tried to stop yobs from taking partner’s handbag’

  • Father dies as ‘he tried to prevent his girlfriend’s handbag from being stolen’
  • Victim, locally called Danny Humble, returned home with his partner
  • Couple took shortcut through Cramlington tunnel when attacked
  • Six 16 and 17-year-olds arrested on suspicion of murder

A father was killed when it was believed he was trying to avoid taking his girlfriend’s handbag.

The victim, local Danny Humble, 35, was returning from a night out with his partner when he was attacked in an underpass.

The couple had taken a shortcut home through the concrete tunnel leading from the center of Cramlington in Northumberland.

The victim, local Danny Humble, 35, was returning from a night out with his partner when he was attacked in an underpass in Cramlington, Northumberland.

Mr Humble suffered serious head injuries in the incident around 1am on Saturday. He died in hospital the next day.

Neighbor June Taylor said, “It’s so sad. This is a beautiful area with many families, so this is not characterful at all. We are all vigilant now.’

Another resident said: ‘The woman started knocking on doors in the early hours and screaming for help. The man was lying on the grass near the underpass where paramedics were working on him. It was horrible.’

The entire length of the subway was cordoned off for forensic examination after the attack.

Floral tribute was left at the scene, including one with a card that read 'Fly high Danny'

Floral tribute was left at the scene, including one with a card that read ‘Fly high Danny’

During the day, the underpass is part of a popular cycling and walking route between the edge of town and local shops and pubs. It is just 200 meters from a primary school.

One resident said: ‘This has upset everyone who lives in the area because it happened so close to the houses.’

There was also concern on Facebook about the lack of CCTV surveillance in the underpass.

On the night of the attack, residents said a large number of underage drinkers were in the area to celebrate the start of the semi-annual holiday.

Flower tributes were left yesterday, including one with a card that read ‘Fly high Danny.’

Six youths, aged 16 and 17, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and were held for questioning last night.

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