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Cash reward offered to find escaped prisoners

Barry Lynn (left) and Michael Forster (right) escaped on Wednesday afternoon

Police are offering a cash reward offered in appeal to locate two escaped prisoners.

A reward of up to £1,000 is being offered for information that leads to the capture of two escaped prisoners.

Barry John Henry Lynn, aged 35, from the Scotswood area of Newcastle and Michael Forster, 41, from the Gateshead area, escaped from Hatfield Prison, near Doncaster, on Wednesday, November 25.

They travelled to the area the same day and are believed to be in the North East - addresses are being checked in the Newcastle, Gateshead and South East Northumberland areas.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101.

Durham Police 'welcome' Medomsley investigation

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary has said that they welcome the investigation by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse at the former detention centre:

“We welcome the news that Lord Justice Goddard will examine the Medomsley Detention Centre investigation.

To date more than 1,200 victims have come forward to report both physical and sexual abuse. Our overarching priority has been to support these victims through this difficult time and to help bring closure for them.

Durham Constabulary has spent millions of pounds on this ongoing inquiry and dedicated a huge amount of highly-skilled officers and staff to find out what happened at the centre.

Indeed, this has become the biggest investigation of its kind in the country.

Victim care is foremost in our minds and we look forward to co-operating with any national inquiry.

– Durham Constabulary spokesperson


Medomsley Detention Centre among the first to face child sex abuse inquiry

The allegations of sexual abuse at the former Medomsley Detention Centre in County Durham are to be among the first to be examined by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

More than twelve hundred former inmates have come forward to report physical and sexual abuse by staff, mainly during the 1970s and 80s. Today, the Inquiry Chair, Justice Goddard announced the first wave of investigations to be undertaken.


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People in the North East ranked most generous gift-givers in the country

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New research by the Chartered Insurance Institute has revealed that people in the North East are the most generous in the country when it comes to giving Christmas presents.

Those in the North East are the most generous spending £396 each on Christmas gifts, closely followed by the Scots who spend £375 each. While those in Yorkshire and the Humber appear to be the least generous spending just £267 each on presents – almost 20% less than the national average.

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