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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


Christmas Festival comes to Washington Village

The popular Christmas Festival is returning to Washington Village this weekend.

Spout Lane will be transformed as it hosts music, food and crafts stalls. There will be also be street artists along with performances from City Swing and theatre groups throughout the day.

Santa will be in his grotto at Washington Village Community Hall where there will be a chocolate treat for every child waiting to share their gift lists with him.

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Woman stabbed in Washington

Police are investigating after a woman was stabbed in Washington. Officers were called to Avon Terrace, Columbia on November 26. A woman had been stabbed. She was taken to the RVI with serious injuries.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested. Police believe the victim and the offender know each other.


Man charged following Washington death

Police have charged a man in connection with the death of a man in Washington at the weekend.

45-year-old John Potts died outside the NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston in the early hours of Sunday (November 23) morning.

26-year old Gordon Robson of Waskerley Road, Barmston, has been charged with manslaughter.

He will appear before Sunderland Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (November 25).

Sunderland murder: police speak

Sunderland murder scene. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police are continuing to question a 26-year-old man on suspicion of murder after a man died outside a pub in Washington in the early hours of yesterday morning.

45-year-old John Potts, from the Sunderland area, had a head injury and died at the scene.

Police are asking the public for help.

Here is Superintendent Gordon Milward of Northumbria Police:

Man arrested in connection with Washington murder

A 26 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 45 year old died outside a bar in Sunderland in the early hours of this morning.

Police have now identified the alleged victim as 45 year old John Potts who was from the Sunderland area.

Officers arrived at the NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston just before one o clock this morning where they found Mr Potts with a head injury. There'd been a disturbance in the street between a group of men shortly before.

Mr Potts was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 29 year old man has also been arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

"We would once again appeal for any witnesses to come forward as this investigation continues.

We have made two arrests in connection with it and enquiries are ongoing to trace those involved or anyone who may have witnessed the disturbance leading to the man's death.

Anyone who thinks they may have information in relation to this incident, no matter how small, is urged to contact us as this may prove vital to the ongoing investigation."

– Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb, Northumbria Police

Witnesses sought after Washington murder

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward after a 45-year-old man was assaulted outside a bar in Washington.

The victim suffered a head injured during the attack, which took place outside NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston, and he died at the scene. A murder investigation has since been launched.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said:

We're keen to hear from anyone with information in relation to this incident.

We believe there has been a disturbance in the street involving a group of men prior to this man suffering fatal injuries.

I'd urge anyone who witnessed this or who may know those involved to come forward.

At this stage it appears those involved were known to each other.

We have officers at the scene and surrounding area carrying out investigations. Officers will also be patrolling throughout the morning to offer reassurance to residents. Anyone with information or concerns should speak to them.

– Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb, Northumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191.

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