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Posters go to help find missing man

Colin Pine has been missing since December 21 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The family of a man who has been missing since last weekend has been posters in the area where he was last seen.

Colin Pine, 55, of Ennerdale in Albany, Washington, failed to return home after going out to watch the Tyne-Wear derby on December 21.

He was reported missing in the early hours of December 22.

He watched the match at The Swan in Felling, where he was until Sunday evening.

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Man dies in three-car crash

A man died following a collision on the Southbound A1 near Scotch Corner.

The man, 72, from Darlington, was travelling with two other people in a red Ford Focus when the accident happened.

The two other occupants of the car were uninjured.

Two other cars - a Silver Peugeot 206 and a Black Nissan Qashqai - were involved in the collision. None of the occupants of either cars were injured.

The incident happened at around 7.40am on Boxing Day at junction 56 between Barton and Scotch Corner. Police are asking anyone who saw the red Ford Focus prior to the incident to contact them on 101.

Police continue appeal for missing football fan

Police searching for a missing football fan say his family are desperate to hear from him.

Colin Pine, 55, of Ennerdale in Albany, Washington, didn't return home after going out to watch the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday afternoon, December 21.

He was reported missing in the early hours of Monday morning, December 22.

It's thought d he watched the match at The Swan Public House in Heworth.

Police are carrying out enquiries to trace him including carrying out searches and viewing CCTV.

Superintendent Scott Hall said: "Mr Pine's family are desperate to hear from him, this is distressing at any time of year but over the Christmas period it is particularly difficult.

"If anyone has any information about where Mr Pine is, if they saw him after the match on Sunday or think they may have seen him since, we want to hear from them.

"No matter how small or insignificant the information may appear it could be vital in piecing together Mr Pine's movement and helping us to find him.

"It's now been almost a week since Mr Pine was last seen and we're extremely concerned for his welfare.

"If anyone was in The Swan on Sunday and has not yet spoken to us we would also ask them to get in contact."

Mr Pine is described as 5ft 6ins tall of stocky build, and when last seen he was wearing a black fleece, navy blue t-shirt, blue jeans and black walking boots.

Anyone who sees him or who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 189 22/12/14.

Family distress over missing man

Colin Pine

Police have appealed again to the public to try and find a missing man from Washington. Colin Pine, 55, of Ennerdale in Albany, Washington, failed to return home after going out to watch the Tyne-Wear derby on December 21. He was reported missing in the early hours of December 22. He watched the match at The Swan in Felling, where he was until Sunday evening.

"We're extremely concerned for Mr Pine's welfare, and obviously his family are desperate to hear from him. This is distressing at any time of year, but so close to Christmas makes it particularly difficult... At this stage it's believed he either got on a bus from the Heworth area to head home to Washington, or he walked from The Swan public house, so our focus at this time spans across the two areas of Gateshead and Washington.

– Sunderland Area Command Superintendent Ged Noble
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