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Family 'increasingly concerned' for missing Washington man

Adrian Lee's car has now been seen in Dundee. Credit: Northumbria Police

Police searching for missing Washington man Adrian Lee believe he is in the Dundee area of Scotland.

58-year-old Adrian was last seen on Monday 2nd January after he left his home in Chipchase in Oxclose. His car - a blue Toyota Aygo registration AJ60 LTU - was later seen on Monday afternoon on CCTV on the Forth Bridge in Scotland.

His car has now been seen in Dundee.

Enquiries are on-going to trace him and police are appealing for the public's help.

Adrian is described as 6ft tall with a shave head and dark goatee beard. He was wearing black lace up shoes, a black sweatshirt and a black Harley Davidson jacket.

His family are becoming increasingly concerned for him and want to hear he is safe and well.

Adrian, or anyone who has seen him is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 271 030117. Anyone phone outside of the Northumbria Police area should be asked to be put through to Northumbria Police when promoted when phoning 101.

– Northumbria Police

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Newborn ducklings at Washington Wetland Centre

Washington Wetland Centre has welcomed a new batch of ducklings this week.

The duckery lets visitors get up close with the newest hatchlings every day during May half term. Children, and curious adults, can touch the ducklings as they're held by the park wardens.

The duckery at Washington celebrated its 20th anniversary last week. Its seen over 1600 birds successfully hatched and reared there since it’s opening in 1996.

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Appeal for missing Washington man

John Bruce

46-year-old John Bruce of Redshank Close, Ayton in Washington was last seen at 10.15pm on Sunday (April 24), when he left home and has not been in contact with family or friends since.

He is described as white, 5 feet 7" tall, slim build, with short grey hair, short beard and moustache and may be wearing thin rimmed glasses. He was wearing a long sleeved blue top, grey Super Dry front zipped jacket and denim jeans.

Police are concerned for Mr Bruce's welfare and are carrying out enquiries.

They are appealing for Mr Bruce to make contact with them, or anyone who recognises him to call police straight away.

Man charged with Washington murder

A man has been charged with the murder of a man who died in April 2015 following an earlier assault in Washington in 2013.

31-year-old Karl Pascoe from Blackfell in Washington has today been charged with the murder of Joseph Leach.

Mr Leach, who was 32, suffered serious injuries following an incident in Woodland Terrace in Washington, on December 2013.

He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle where he subsequently died on April 2, last year.

Following enquiries Karl Pascoe is due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on April 15, charged with murder.

Rolls Royce to invest £30 million in Washington site

Components for jet engines are made at the Washington site Credit: PA

Rolls Royce has announced plans to invest more than thirty million pounds at its site in Washington, Tyne and Wear, where components are made for jet engines.

It means the existing site will be expanded - with a new production line up and running there by 2018. Rolls Royce says this will allow them to finally close its 60-year-old factory in Sunderland, after announcing plans to shut it down in 2009.

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