Schoolboy, 14, charged with murder of Tomasz Oleszak, 14, stabbed to death near nature park | The Sun

Schoolboy, 14, charged with murder of Tomasz Oleszak, 14, stabbed to death near nature park | The Sun

October 7, 2022

A SCHOOLBOY has been charged with murdering a 14-year-old who was stabbed to death near a nature reserve.

Tomasz Oleszak was rushed to hospital after the horror unfolded in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, on Monday night.

Sadly he couldn't be saved and was declared dead in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The Crown Prosecution Service has now confirmed a 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder.

He is also charged with attempted wounding with intent and having a bladed article in a public place.

The teen, who can't legally be named, will appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court today.

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Christopher Atkinson, Head of the Crown Court Unit at CPS North East, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Northumbria Police to charge a 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in relation to the fatal stabbing of Tomasz Oleszak in the Aycliffe Crescent area of Springwell Estate on the evening of Monday 3rd October.

“The boy has been charged with one count of murder, one of attempted wounding with intent, and one of having a bladed article in a public place.

"Our thoughts are with the Tomasz Oleszak's family at this difficult time."

Tributes flooded in for Tomasz, who played for Gateshead Cleveland Hall CA youth football club.

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The team released a statement, saying: "As a club today we are very devastated to hear that one of our young football players has lost his life.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and anyone that knew Tomasz."

The club also shared a link to a GoFundMe page, which has so far raised over £20,000 to help the teen's family.

Paul Howson, who organised the fundraiser, wrote: "Tomasz was a very kind, caring young man, he was brought to the UK by his parents for a better life and didn't deserve what has happened to him.

"He was liked and loved by many he was a very passionate footballer who we all had the pleasure of coaching. He was much loved member of his local community and will be sadly missed by all who loved him.

"This is every parents worse nightmare come true and can't imagine what there going through.

"Myself, Michael & Scott and the football team would like to raise as much funds as possible to help support his parents and siblings at what is such a very painful time for them all.

"No matter how big or small every donation would be greatly appreciated."

Northumbria Police were scrambled to the Aycliffe Crescent area of the Springwell Estate just after 8pm on Monday.

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It came as horrified neighbours heard screaming coming from the Whitehills Nature Park.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

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