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Investigation into the murder of Andrew FOSTER on 20th August 2023 in Eighton Terrace, Wrekenton, Gateshead


Shortly after 11pm on Sunday 20th August 2023 police received a report via the ambulance service that a man had been assaulted at an address on Eighton Terrace in Wrekenton, Gateshead.


It was reported that two offenders had approached the property and knocked on the front door. When the victim opened the door, they have then sprayed him with suspected ammonia and made off from the scene.


The victim – who can now be named as 26-year-old Andrew (Andy) Foster – was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. However, despite the best efforts of medical professionals, he has since sadly passed away. His next of kin have been informed and continue to be supported by specially-trained Family Liaison Officers.


An investigation was immediately launched into the incident with officers now treating the assault as murder. A number of enquiries have been ongoing to trace those involved and establish the full circumstances surrounding the report.


A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He has since been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.


Today, Wednesday 23rd August 2023 officers have appealed to the public for information that could assist the investigation. Your support could prove vital as we look to find answers for Andy’s family.


Officers remain in the area to carry out enquiries and offer reassurance to the public.




Contact Information

Anyone with information is asked to speak with an officer on duty, or by calling 101 quoting reference number: NP-20230820-1369.


Members of the public can also report information anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visiting their website.