Man dies after ‘serious late night assault’ at petrol station as teen arrested

A 40-year-old, named as Thomas Mallaby by police, was allegedly assaulted at the garage on Sunday at 2.40am before he was taken to hospital for his serious injuries

A teenager has been arrested after a man died at a petrol station following an alleged serious assault.

A 40-year-old, named as Thomas Mallaby by police, was allegedly assaulted at the garage on Sunday at 2.40am before he was taken to hospital for his serious injuries.

However, police confirmed that he died on Tuesday afternoon as a result of the attack at the Esso Garage in Stanley, County Durham, Daily Record reported.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the incident on Monday, County Durham Police said.

The boy has been interviewed and released on bail while further enquiries are carried out.

Officers said the incident was not connected “in any way” to current fuel issues , according to a report in the Newcastle Chronicle.

Detective Superintendent Dave Ashton, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a truly tragic incident, and my thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Mallaby following their devastating loss.

“We are working to establish exactly what happened, but I would like to reassure the community that we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.

“Although the incident happened on the forecourt of a fuel station, I am keen to stress that it was not connected in any way to the current issues of fuel shortages.”