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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.

Search for convicted killer on the run

Police are searching for a patient who left a secure hospital in Newcastle.

44-year-old Phillip Westwater left St Nicholas Hospital on Jubilee Road in Gosforth, Newcastle, on the morning of Wednesday January 2nd.

Westwater was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

At 10am on January 2 Mr Westwater was being escorted in the hospital when he asked to go to the toilets from where he escaped.

He left the clothing he had been wearing in the toilets and so police do not have a description of his clothes.

Officers are making enquiries into this individual and risks he may or may not pose.

People are asked to contact police on the 999 emergency number if they see him and not to approach him.

  • Mr Westwater is:
  • White
  • 6 feet tall
  • Slim build
  • Brown/grey hair

Police appeal after Northumberland assault

Northumbria Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Northumberland.

A 40-year-old man was taken to hospital suffering from head injuries in the early hours of Sunday morning (December 2nd) after he was found at the Cattle Market in Hexham.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and a further two men, both aged 23, have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.


Jewellery worth £60,000 stolen from Newcastle house

Police are appealing for information after nearly £60,000 worth of jewellery was stolen from a house in Newcastle.

Thieves broke into the house on Barmoor Drive in Great Park between three and four o'clock on Monday November 19th.

They then stole a diamond engagement ring, two Breitling watches, two Rolex watches, a Schaffhausen watch, a ring with a diamond band, a platinum heart shaped necklace, and a platinum ring.

As well as jewellery, a Sanyo digital camera, a Sony video camera, a lap top computer and two Olympus digital cameras were also stolen from the house.

Police appeal over concerns for Sunderland woman's welfare

Police are continuing to appeal for the public's help following concerns raised over the welfare of a woman in Sunderland.

Witnesses reported seeing a man and woman arguing in a silver vehicle, believed to be an old-style Honda Civic, outside the Ivy House Pub in Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

The woman got out of the car after the argument and walked off down the rear lane of Alice Street.

The man then drove after her and people nearby reported hearing a thud and a woman's scream. He was then seen putting the woman into the car.

The man is white, in his early 20s, 5'8" - 5'10" tall, with short blond spiky hair, and was wearing a dark top and jeans with large back pockets.

The woman is white in her early 20s, around 5'9" tall, with dark shoulder-length hair and was wearing a cream jacket or top and dark jeans or trousers.

"We've been carrying out detailed enquiries to find out what has taken place here and to determine if any crimes have been committed.

"At this time we are keeping an open mind, however we are obviously concerned for the welfare of this woman and ask that she contact us as a matter of urgency.

"I would also urge anyone with information about this incident to come forward if they have not already done so as any details, however seemingly trivial, might be important."

– Detective Inspector Paul Woods, Northumbria Police

Man in hospital after hit and run

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after being hit by a car in South Shields.

The 22 year old was hit on Westoe Road at just before 4am this morning. He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with a head injury and is in a serious but stable condition.

The driver of the silver estate car failed to stop. Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Witness appeal after Tynemouth assault

People are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Tynemouth last night (Friday).

The incident took place in the Aspire Bar in the Arcade just before midnight.

The man was then taken to the North Tyneside General Hospital where he was treated for a head wound, and has since been discharged.

Three men - two aged 26, and one 21 year old - have been arrested in connection with the assault.

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