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IMAGE: First photo released of murdered schoolboy Tomasz Oleszak, 14, murdered in Gateshead

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The grieving family of a teenager who was stabbed to death near a nature park has shared a photo of their beloved boy.

Fourteen-year-old Tomasz Oleszak, from Gateshead, “had his whole life ahead of him,” police said.

But the schoolboy died in the early hours of yesterday morning after being stabbed.

Emergency services arrived and found Tomasz in the Aycliffe Crescent area of ​​Gatehead’s Springwell Estate just after 8pm on Monday.

Northumbria police said the teen’s injuries “corresponded to being caused by a blade with a knife”.

Tomasz Oleszak, 14, died in hospital after being found with a stab wound Monday night in the Aycliffe Crescent area of ​​Gateshead’s Springwell Estate

He was taken to hospital where, despite the best efforts of the medical staff, he later died. His devastated family is supported by specially trained agents

A murder investigation has now been launched and a 14-year-old boy has been arrested by detectives.

The teen, arrested on suspicion of murder, remained in custody Wednesday morning, along with a 13-year-old girl, who was arrested on suspicion of aiding an assailant.

Chief Superintendent Helena Barron said: “Tomasz had his whole life ahead of him and this tragic incident cut that life short and completely destroyed his family.

“Their grief is beyond imagination and they are on the minds of everyone at the Northumbria Police Force as we continue to support them in every way possible.

“The investigation is still ongoing and I would like to thank the Springwell Estate community and anyone who has come forward with information for their support.

“While incidents of this nature are rare in our region, we recognize the impact they have on the lives of those involved and the wider community.

“If they happen, we’re committed to bringing those responsible to justice.”

Mounted police patrol the scene at Aycliffe Crescent, Gateshead, where 14-year-old Tomasz Oleszak was fatally assaulted on Monday night

Mounted police patrol the scene at Aycliffe Crescent, Gateshead, where 14-year-old Tomasz Oleszak was fatally assaulted on Monday night

The scene in Aycliffe Crescent, Gateshead, on Tuesday after the fatal attack the night before

The scene in Aycliffe Crescent, Gateshead, on Tuesday after the fatal attack the night before

Neighbors spoke of their grief, and some left a floral tribute on Tuesday at the scene at Aycliffe Crescent, Gateshead,

Neighbors spoke of their grief, and some left a floral tribute on Tuesday at the scene at Aycliffe Crescent, Gateshead,

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.  Pictured are police searching for clues near the scene of Tuesday's murder

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody. Pictured are police searching for clues near the scene of Tuesday’s murder

She added: “Officers will remain in the area for the next few days and I urge anyone with information or concerns to speak to them.

“Once again I would like to reiterate my plea to the public not to speculate on details of the investigation.

What may seem like an innocuous comment or social media post to you can actually disrupt an ongoing investigation and further upset the victim’s family.

“We would like to ask that if you saw anything or have any information about what happened, you contact the officers directly.”

Tomasz, who lived with his mother Kamila Wisniewska and his young brother, and those who knew him, said he was a “friend of so many” at the Springwell estate, which had been home for most of his life.

His family moved from Wroclaw in southwestern Poland and his mother found work at a local biscuit factory as the family became a much-loved part of the Springwell community.

Tomasz was an avid soccer player, playing for the local Cleveland Hall junior soccer team.

His under-15 coach, Paul Howson, set up a Gofundme page to help the family and had raised nearly £12,000 by Wednesday afternoon.

Paying tribute to Tomasz, Paul said, “On behalf of myself and Tomasz’ coaches, we are all very saddened to hear of the tragic events that occurred on October 3, 2022, which sadly caused Tomasz to pass away in the early hours of October 4, 2022.”

A 13-year-old girl, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, is also still in custody

A 13-year-old girl, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, is also still in custody

‘Tomasz was a very nice, caring young man, he was brought to the UK by his parents for a better life and did not deserve what happened to him.

‘He was loved and loved by many; he was a very passionate footballer who we all had the pleasure of coaching.

He was a much loved member of his local community and will be sadly missed by all who loved him.

“This is every parent’s worst nightmare come true and we can’t imagine what they’re going through.”

Gateshead Cleveland Hall Community Football Club said in a statement: “As a club we are deeply shocked today to hear that one of our young footballers has lost his life.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and everyone who knew Tomasz.”

News of the teen’s death shocked the local community, with shocked residents flocking out to pay floral tributes in memory of Tomasz.

Among those who spoke of their shock was Glenisa Milasiute, 37, who has lived in the area for four years with her partner and two children, ages one and three.

The manager said, ‘It’s not the best neighborhood, but you expect people to steal and not kill. It’s just sad.

“I’m worried about going out in the neighborhood. The municipality should consider placing cameras here to make us feel safer. I didn’t see anything but my partner went to the shops and saw that something was up.

“He asked the neighbors and they said someone had been stabbed. He said he heard young people screaming, but just like children do when they hang out.

“Our children don’t usually play in the street, but it’s a concern. We were already thinking about moving, but that made us think more about it.’

An elderly resident said, ‘I heard the ambulance last night and the blue lights shone through my window.

“It’s a huge shock. It’s such a shame, the boy was just a boy. It’s two lives lost.’

Another resident said: ‘I’m not surprised here, the most shocking thing is that they are children.

“He was a boy, he didn’t deserve to lose his life. They’re kids these days, it’s all things they look at on the internet.’

Emergency services were called to the Aycliffe Crescent area of ​​the Springwell Estate just after 8pm Monday, where they found the teen with a stab wound.

Emergency services were called to the Aycliffe Crescent area of ​​the Springwell Estate just after 8pm Monday, where they found the teen with a stab wound.

The boy was taken to hospital where, despite the best efforts of medics, he later died in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The boy was taken to hospital where, despite the best efforts of medics, he later died in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Another neighbor on the street, who asked not to be called by name, said: ‘We saw the boys running around screaming and yelling around 8pm – it was about four boys running past.

“My partner was smoking a cigarette and she called an ambulance for the victim and waited with him for them to come.”

Another neighbor, Ella, who only wanted to give her first name, said: ‘I heard someone screaming as I put my daughter to bed, and about 10 minutes later when I put something in the trash, I saw all the police cars.

“I spoke to my neighbor across the street to make sure everything was okay and she told me her son’s boyfriend had been stabbed and the police were trying to resuscitate him. She cried, she was completely devastated.

“She said they went to school together and that he was a good kid.

“It’s been really gloomy today. My son is playing outside in the street and that is sad. You don’t expect it to happen where you live. It is the fear of our children.

“It’s always been really good here, but we’ve had a few incidents in the six-week vacation with teenagers expressing themselves, but that’s usually not the case.”

Chief Superintendent Barron added: “We would like to ask the public not to speculate on details of the investigation.

What may seem like a harmless social media post to you can actually disrupt an ongoing investigation and further upset the victim’s family.

“We would like to ask that if you saw anything or have any information about what happened, you contact the officers directly.”

An investigation is underway at Whitehills Nature Park in Gateshead following Monday's incident

An investigation is underway at Whitehills Nature Park in Gateshead following Monday’s incident

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness said: “It is appalling that our region has lost another young person to serious violence and my thoughts are with the victim’s family, who will experience unimaginable pain.

This should never have happened and it is now up to our police to conduct a comprehensive investigation to determine the full circumstances which led to the senseless loss of a young life.

“I recognize the shock and concern that will no doubt be felt in the local communities and I know agents will be on hand to provide reassurance.”

Anyone with information is requested to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20221003-0995.

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