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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.


Guide Post crash victims named

Northumbria Police have named two young men who died following a collision in Guide Post in Northumberland.

They are Lee Pollard, 23, of Bluebell Rise, Morpeth and Gary Headley, 24, of 2nd Avenue, Morpeth.

The crash happened on Thursday November 19 between Paddock Hall Farm and North Farm.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 113 19/11/15.


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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.

Two North East men escape from prison in Doncaster

Police are appealing for help after two north-east men escaped from a prison in Doncaster.

Barry John Henry Lynn, who is 35-years-old and from the Scotswood area of Newcastle and Michael Forster, who is 41, and from the Gateshead area, were reported to Northumbria Police as having escaped from Hatfield Prison, near Doncaster, at 1:06pm on Wednesday November 25.

Officers in both the South Yorkshire and Northumbria force areas are currently looking for the men, who are thought to be in a new shape blue Vauxhall Astra.

There is a possibility that the men may be in the region.

The public are urged not to approach the men but to contact police on 101 with any information as to there whereabouts.

Anyone who sees the men is asked to contact officers using 999.

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