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

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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.


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


Missing Sunderland man

Robert Hutchinson. Credit: Northumbria Police

A man from Sunderland has now been missing for more than a week.

Robert Hutchinson, 56, was last seen on Monday, June 23 by a family member in the Hendon area.

He was reported missing on Thursday, June 26.

He is described as white, 5ft 9 inches tall, stocky build with grey short hair.

He was last seen wearing knee length shorts and a short sleeved checked shirt.

He has an ear piercing in his left ear.

Northumbria Police officers are carrying out enquiries in order to trace Robert and are asking him, or anyone who know's where he is, to get in contact.

Anyone with information should ring Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 410 260614.

Sunderland stabbing: brothers charged with murder

Police investigating the death of a man who was stabbed in Sunderland have tonight charged two brothers with murder.

A 53 year old man was found with a stab wound to his leg on Purley Road, in the Plains Farm area, three weeks ago.

He later died in hospital.

His name has not been released by the police.

Jack Ryan, 21, and Jess Ryan, 24, formerly of Toronto Road in Sunderland, have been charged with murder.

They are both scheduled to appear before magistrates in Sunderland on Tuesday morning.

Call for heroes to be remembered

Families across Sunderland who have lost loved ones in recent military service are being invited to put forward their names to be inscribed on the city's Memorial Wall. The wall on Burdon Road was built as a tribute to Wearside’s fallen service personelle.

Since the formal dedication of the Memorial Wall on Armistice Day 2012, there has been an annual 'roll call' asking for people to put forward names to be inscribed on the wall. This includes people from Sunderland who have died in recent conflicts such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland.

"The Memorial Wall represents what makes our city so special, the community coming forward to support 'Brothers in Arms' and make this lasting monument possible. "If there are additional names that people would like to see on the wall, now is the time to contact the City Council. " We can then look to have those names inscribed for the Remembrance Weekend in November 2014."

– Cllr Harry Trueman, Deputy Leader, Sunderland City Council
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