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Father who was beaten to death in an underpass ‘had tried to stop yobs taking partner’s handbag’ 

Father who was beaten to death in an underpass ‘had tried to stop yobs taking partner’s handbag’

  • Father was killed when ‘he tried to stop his girlfriend’s handbag being taken’
  • Victim, named locally as Danny Humble, was returning home with his partner
  • Couple took short-cut through Cramlington underpass when they were attacked
  • Six youths, all aged 16 and 17, have been arrested on suspicion of murder 

A father was killed when it is believed he tried to stop his girlfriend’s handbag being taken.

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

The couple had taken a short-cut home through the concrete tunnel that led from the centre of Cramlington in Northumberland.

The victim, named locally as 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 at about 1am on Saturday. He died the next day in hospital.

Local resident June Taylor said: ‘It is so sad. This is a lovely area with lots of families so this is totally out of character. We are all being vigilant now.’

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

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

Floral tributes were left at the scene, including one with a card saying 'Fly high Danny'

Floral tributes were left at the scene, including one with a card saying ‘Fly high Danny’

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

One resident said: ‘This has unnerved everyone living nearby because it happened so close to the houses.’ 

There was further concern on Facebook about a lack of CCTV in the underpass.

On the night of the attack, residents said there were a large number of underage drinkers about, celebrating the start of the half-term holiday.

Yesterday, floral tributes were left at the scene, including one with a card saying ‘Fly high Danny.’

Six youths, all aged 16 and 17, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remained in custody for questioning last night.

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