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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.