Man charged with murder of older brother in Blyth

A man was killed overnight on Tuesday in Blyth and his brother has been charged with murder

A man has been charged with the murder of his 46-year-old brother in Blyth.

At around 3:45 am on Tuesday, August 2, police received a report of concern for the welfare of a man in the Duke’s Gardens area of the town.

Emergency services attended the scene and found Blyth man Gary Wilkie, who had suffered injuries consistent with having been caused by a bladed article.

He was treated at the scene but sadly died a short time later. An investigation has been ongoing ever since the incident and police have now charged a 34-year-old man with Gary’s murder.

Gary’s brother James Rutherford, of no fixed abode, has been charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon. He is due to appear before magistrates in Bedlington today.

Detective Inspector David Johnson, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is clearly a very serious incident which has been devastating for Gary’s family. Our thoughts are with them at this terrible time, and we will continue to offer them any support they need.

The man was found on Duke’s Gardens (Image: Google Streetview)

“I would ask that their privacy is respected as they attempt to come to terms with the events of the last 24 hours.

“I would also like to thank everybody who has so far assisted with this investigation, including our blue-light partners as well as the public who have come forward with information.

“A suspect is now due to appear before the courts and it is important everyone refrains from any speculation, both on social media and out in the wider community, that could jeopardise the live legal proceedings.

“I would continue to appeal for anybody who saw anything suspicious in this area at the time, who has not already done so, to get in touch with police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of their website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20220802-0107.