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Claudia Lawrence appeal yields results

Missing Claudia disappeared five years ago

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.

Sunderland Robbery

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.

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Review to be held after killer escaped

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."

– Spokesman for Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

'Black Dog Strangler' back in hospital: Lunchtime Update

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.

You can watch the lunchtime update from Kenny Toal below.

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Convicted killer escapee 'insulin dependent'

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.

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