Convicted killer escaped after asking to go to the toilet

A convicted killer, who was dubbed the Black Dog Strangler, escaped from a secure psychiatric hospital after he asked to go to the toilet, Northumbria Police said.

Phillip Westwater, 44, is described as white, six foot tall, with a slim build and brown/grey hair.

Police said they do not have a description of what he was wearing as he left his clothes in the toilet.


'Black Dog Strangler' found

Convicted killer Phillip Westwater, 44, who was dubbed the Black Dog Strangler, has been located safely and is back in a secure ward at the St Nicholas Hosital, Jubilee Road, Gosforth, Northumbria Police said.