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'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.

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'Black Dog Strangler' also known as Philip Whiteman

Police are continuing to search for missing Newcastle man Phillip Westwater, also known as Philip Whiteman.

Mr Westwater, 44, left St Nicholas Hospital on Jubilee Road in Gosforth, Newcastle, on the morning of Wednesday January 2 where he was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act. Northumbria Police have officers dedicated to located him and have increased patrols in the area.

He is described as white, 6' tall, of slim build with brown/grey hair. He is believed to be wearing black coloured Adidas Samba trainers, black and grey combat trousers, a black and blue jacket, black hat and gloves.

Officers are making enquiries into this individual and any risks he may or may not pose. Police have concerns for his welfare. He is diabetic and because of this he has a pump fitted and has enough insulin to last him for three days.

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

– Northumbria Police

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