Police believed to have contacted Westwater's family and friends

Phillip Westwater was being escorted from his ward to a restaurant in a separate building - but still on hospital grounds - when he went missing.

Police are understood to have contacted friends and family of the 'Black Dog Strangler' who live in the Tyneside area.


'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.