The 29 year old has no recollection of how he came to be in the back of the vehicle & Northumbria Police wants any witnesses to get in touchRead the full story ›
The father of a man who went missing after a night out in York has issued an emotional appeal for his safe return.
Rory Johnson-Hatfield, 29, from Skipton was last seen three weeks ago in the City Mills area.
His family arranged additional searches of the River Ouse, with the York Rescue Boat, after police searches were suspended due to flooding.
Doug Hatfield said Rory's disappearance had "left a hole" in the family's heart.
Police investigating the disappearance of York chef Claudia Lawrence say 121 people have contacted them in the last month to help the enquiry.
Detectives made fresh appeals for information last month to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the last known sighting of Claudia.
A dedicated website set up by North Yorkshire Police has had almost thirteen thousand visitors since March 19.
An 18 year old woman has been robbed in Sunderland. It happened yesterday afternoon at around 4pm. She was walking from the bus stop at Manor Road, Sulgrave, and knocked to ground by a man. He stole her shopping bags and cash from her handbag. The victim was shocked but not injured.
The suspect is described as being around 6ft tall, skinny build, wearing a black hooded top, grey track suit bottoms and black trainers or shoes.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
An inquiry will be held into how a convicted killer dubbed the Black Dog Strangler escaped from a secure hospital in Newcastle, health trust bosses said.
Phillip Westwater left his clothes in a pile at St Nicholas Hospital, after asking to use the toilet during an escorted visit, then disappeared.
Westwater was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act after paralysing a man during a pub fight in 1989 and killing a fellow inmate at Liverpool's Ashworth Hospital.
He was reportedly found in a bar in the Newcastle's gay area after he was recognised from a photo circulated by the media.
Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust runs a medium secure unit within its St Nicholas site, and said Whiteman escaped during an escorted visit to a restaurant in another building.
He asked to use the toilet, from where he vanished, leaving a pile of clothes on the floor.
"Planned or escorted leave is an important part of any patient's treatment plan, especially when working towards their recovery.
Arrangements for escorted leave are rigorously risk assessed, made on an individual basis and regularly reviewed.
The decision to grant leave involves the views of the patient's multi-disciplinary clinical team and when appropriate input from the patient, their carers, family members, as well as external agencies."
We will be carrying out a thorough internal review of this incident as soon as our colleagues at Northumbria Police have concluded their investigation."
The psychiatric hospital from where a killer escaped will investigate how it happened as a matter of urgency.
Phillip Westwater was detained under the Mental Health Act twenty years ago - after leaving a man paralysed after slashing his throat.
He also killed another man whilst in another secure hospital.
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A convicted killer dubbed the 'Black Dog Strangler' has been found and returned to a secure hospital after a day on the run.Read the full story ›
Convicted killer Phillip Westwater has been found by police, after going missing from a secure hospital on Tyneside. Westwater, who's also known as Phillip Whiteman, was spotted by a member of the public on Tyneside late on Wednesday 2 January.
Police say he will be taken back to a secure unit at St Nicholas Hospital in Gosforth.
Northumbria Police's Superintendent Derek Scott told ITV Tyne Tees that Philip Whiteman, dubbed the 'Black Dog Strangler', was a "medium risk" missing person who was "insulin dependent".
Spt Scott added that there was no information he is a direct danger to the public.
The 'Black Dog Strangler' previously had the name Phillip Westwater but is now known as Philip Whiteman.
A convicted killer has escaped from a secure hospital in Newcastle.
Phillip Westwater, who is originally from Newcastle, was detained under the Mental Health Act 20 years ago. Northumbria Police say the 44-year-old should not be approached.
Kenny Toal has sent this report from St Nicholas' Hospital in Gosforth.