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Police renew appeal over murder of Sunderland man

Police investigating the murder of Sunderland grandfather Robert Hutchinson are continuing to appeal for information - two months after he was last seen.

The 57-year-old was last seen in Hendon on June 23. He left his home in Corporation Road at 6.20pm in a blue Nissan Micra. His car was left in Stewart Street June 23-24. It was found on July 13 after police were contacted by a member of the public.

The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a £3,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible.

"We still need people to come forward with information, it doesn't matter if the information may seem minor and insignificant, this is an active murder investigation and it is vital people come forward and speak to us.

"We need to know how Robert's car got to be in Stewart Street and would ask local residents to think back and remember whether or not they saw it - did Robert drive the car there himself or was it someone else? If Robert drove it where did he go afterwards? If it was someone else who were they?

"Robert has a partner, daughter, son and grandson and is part of a large family who are all absolutely devastated. They need answers and need to know what has happened to him."

– Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Sunderland murder inquiry: £3,000 reward

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A £3,000 reward is now being offered for help in solving a murder investigation.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information in connection with the disappearance of Sunderland grandfather Robert Hutchinson.

The 57 year old was last seen more than six weeks ago at 6.20pm on Monday, June 23, leaving his home in Corporation Road, Hendon, in a blue Nissan Micra.

On July 16, the missing person enquiry became a murder enquiry when two men were arrested on suspicion of murder. They have since been released on police bail.

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Guns to fire for 40th anniversary parade in Sunderland

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Members of 4th Regiment Royal Artillery exercised their freedom of the city in 2013 Credit: Sunderland City Council

Hundreds of gunners will march through Sunderland city centre today as the 4th Regiment Royal Artillery exercises its Freedom of Sunderland.

The regiment, historically known as the North East Gunners, was first given its Freedom in 1974 and is marking this 40th anniversary with a parade.

As part of the ceremonies, eight of its 105mm 'light guns' will fire a round each from the terrace in Mowbray Park.

Led by the Band of the King's Division, the regiment will march from the Civic Centre at 1pm.

The parade will head for the Burdon Road War Memorial where it will be inspected by the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Stuart Porthouse, and the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Sir Nigel Sherlock.

The city centre parade is due to begin at approximately 1.30pm and the guns fired at its conclusion at 2.05pm.

"I hope people will cheer them on and applaud the regiment as it marks its 40th with this parade and firing of guns."

– Cllr Paul Watson, Lead of Sunderland City Council

"There is a significant representation of ex-members of the North East Gunners in the Sunderland area. I hope both they and the local community will come to see their regiment marking this wholly important anniversary."

– Lieutenant Colonel John Catto, the regiment's Commanding Officer

Road closures: Burdon and Park Road are closed from 11am to 8pm. A rolling road closure is in place for the city centre parade when it 'steps off'.

Fishermen lucky to be alive after sea drama

The Dutch yacht that picked up the stricken fisherman.
The Dutch yacht that picked up the stricken fisherman. Credit: RNLI

Two fishermen are said to be lucky to be alive tonight after they spent nine hours adrift on a lifeboat after their own boat sank 12 miles off the coast of Sunderland.

The men, who haven't been identified, were picked up by a passing Dutch yacht on its way to Whitby and taken to Hartlepool Marina.

Joshua Shrimpton Dean reports.

Dramatic sea rescue off Sunderland coast

“The fishing vessel’s liferaft was a life saver today and this incident highlights how important it is to ensure that liferafts are properly maintained and able to float free of the boat should the worst happen. Fishermen should wear personal flotation devices at all times whilst on deck. Even if the liferaft floats free, getting into one is no mean feat, especially if the weather is more volatile than today’s relatively calm seas.

Although the liferaft had been drifting for nine hours, we are still hopeful that we will be able to find the wreckage of the boat using our search and rescue information system (SARIS) which is a computer programme that allows us to plot the drift of vessels. The MCA’s counter pollution branch and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch have been informed.

– Mike Puplett, Humber Coastguard

Fishermen's 9-hour raft ordeal

Two fishermen have been rescued after spending nine hours aboard a life raft when their boat sank off the coast of Sunderland.

The pair had been fishing in the North Sea 12 miles east of Sunderland when their boat appeared to hit a submerged object, sinking so quickly they did not have time to make a distress call.

The pair were picked up by a Dutch yacht on Monday, Humber Coastguard said.

The crew contacted the coastguard which arranged for a lifeboat from Hartlepool to pick up the fishermen and bring them to shore.

"Both of the fishermen are now safe and well, although a little shaken by their ordeal. We'd like to thank the Dutch yacht Jager which rescued the men and went out of their way to ensure their safety."

– Mike Puplett, Humber Coastguard

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Pictures released of car missing man was last seen in

Police searching for missing Robert Hutchinson have released new images of his car.

It's four weeks since Robert, 57, was last seen leaving his home in Corporation Road in Hendon, Sunderland. He was in his car.

The blue coloured Nissan Micra was later recovered at the end of Stewart Street, just off Chester Road.

The blue coloured Nissan Micra was later recovered at the end of Stewart Street
The blue coloured Nissan Micra was later recovered at the end of Stewart Street

"Someone must recognise this car - did you see it being driven around the area at any time after 6.20pm on Monday, June 23? Did you see it being left at Stewart Street, which is just off busy Chester Road?

"Even the smallest detail can be vital in piecing together Robert's movements and I'd urge anyone who thinks they have information which may help us in our enquiries - no matter how insignificant they feel it may be - to contact us.

"Calls can be taken in the strictest of confidence. This is an incredibly difficult time for the family and the most important thing is finding out what has happened to Robert for the sake of his family and friends.

"I believe there are people within the community who will have information that will assist the enquiry and I would urge those people to come forward."

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Musgrove
Robert Hutchinson was last seen in his car
Robert Hutchinson was last seen in his car

Last week, two men were questioned on suspicion of murder and have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Family of Robert Hutchinson make emotional appeal for information

Four weeks since a grandfather from Sunderland disappeared, his daughter Paula Hutchinson and son Gavin Newton speak out and appeal for anyone with any information to come forward.

Last week, police arrested three men in connection with Robert Hutchinson's disappearance - two on suspicion of murder.

They've all been released on bail.

'Someone must have information' about missing grandfather

Robert Hutchinson
Robert Hutchinson

Police are appealing for information four weeks after Robert Hutchinson was last seen.

The 57-year-old went missing from his home in Corporation Road in Hendon, Sunderland.

He left in his car - a blue Nissan Micra - which was later recovered at the end of Stewart Street, just off Chester Road.

Last week, two men were questioned on suspicion of murder and have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

"Robert was a dedicated family man and a doting grandfather, he visited his grandson most days as well as spending time visiting other friends and family.

"This is an exceptionally difficult time for his family who are desperate to know what has happened to him. It is crucial people who have information now come forward.

"Someone must have information, and I would ask those people to think about how they would feel if this was their family member - a grandson is missing his grandfather, a son and daughter are missing their father.

"I believe there are people within the community who will have information that will assist the enquiry and I would urge those people to come forward.

"We don't know what happened to Robert or where he is now. How did his vehicle come to be in Stewart Street?

"We know Robert left his home on Monday, June 23, at 6.20pm in his car, the car was later found parked at the end of Stewart Street, just off Chester Road. If anyone saw him, either leaving his home or in Stewart Street or saw the car or the car being parked in Stewart Street, we want to hear from them."

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Musgrove

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Renewed appeal on missing grandfather's birthday

Police continue to appeal for witnesses after disappearance of Sunderland grandfather Robert Hutchinson, on his 57th birthday.

Robert Hutchinson was last seen on June 23, in Hendon and was reported missing on June 26.

Yesterday, three men were arrested in connection with his disappearance.

Robert Hutchinson
Robert Hutchinson

"Today is Robert's 57th birthday, and our thoughts are with his family at what is an exceptionally difficult time for them. They need answers as to what has happened.

"Our enquiries to find Robert are on-going, we are searching a number of areas and carrying out a number of enquiries. We believe there will be members of the community who have information and we need those people to come forward and speak to us. I would like to reiterate that we will treat information in the strictest of confidence."

"We would ask those who know what has happened to think how they would feel if this was one of their family members. No matter how small the information is it could prove to be fundamental in our enquiries."

– Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Musgrove, of Northumbria Police Major Crime Team

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

A 59-year-old man has been released with no further action.

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