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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

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

"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.

Missing man investigation is now a murder inquiry: police appeal for help

Robert Hutchinson has been missing since 23rd June

The grandfather-of-one has not been seen since June 23 in Hendon.

This morning, a 55-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and two men, aged 59 and 39, were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Enquiries have been carried out to trace him, including viewing CCTV, carrying out house to house enquiries and speaking to people who knew him.

Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson, of Sunderland Area Command, said: "This is a fast moving investigation that has recently seen a number of significant developments that have led to three men being arrested this morning.

"Robert's family have been updated on this development and are understandably incredibly distraught by this. It is crucial we now find out the full circumstances of what has happened and we are continuing to ask for witnesses to come forward.

"If anyone has any information they think may help, no matter how small it may be, we want them to contact us. We will treat any information in the strictest of confidence and respect the anonymity of callers if this is a concern."

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 410 260614 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Renewed appeal for missing man from Sunderland

Northumbria Police have made a new appeal for a man from Sunderland, who is missing.

Robert Hutchinson, 56, was last seen on Monday, 23rd June, in the Hendon area of the city. He was seen on CCTV at a petrol station where he was seen putting fuel into a blue Nissan Micra.

Robert Hutchinson, 56, has been missing since 23rd June

Family appeal for missing man to get in touch

Robert Hutchinson. Credit: Northumbria Police

The daughter of Robert Hutchinson, who has been missing from Sunderland for two weeks, has appealed for him to come home. Robert Hutchinson, 56, was last seen on June 23 in Hendon.

He was last seen driving a blue Nissan Micra registration number LT03 0ZJ.

CCTV from the filling station at Asda, in Grangetown, June 23. Credit: Northumbria Police


Woman savaged by dog in Wearside cemetery

A woman has been seriously hurt after being attacked by a dog in Sunderland.

The woman was walking through the cemetery at Holy Trinity Church in Southwick, onto the path of Northern Way, when she was approached by the Alsation,

The animal was not with anyone, and was not wearing a colar.

It jumped up at the woman, and as she put her hands out to protect herself she suffered serious injuries to both of her hands and required hospital treatment.

The dog ran off down an alleyway between the back of James Street and Southwick Primary school field.

Officers are carrying out enquiries into the incident and appealing for the owners of the dog, or anyone with information, to get in contact."

– Northumbria Police Spokesman
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