Escaped revenge shooting plotter from South Tyneside arrested

Samuel Hill has now been found.
Samuel Hill has now been found.

Police have arrested criminal Samuel Hill who was on the run from an open prison.

Northumbria Police officers previously circulated details of Samuel Hill who absconded from HMP Kirklevington, near Yarm, on Easter Monday.

They urged the public to contact them immediately if they knew of the 35-year-old from Hebburn’s whereabouts.

Now police have announced Hill has been arrested and is in custody.

Officers thanked everyone who assisted.

Hill who was formerly of Lyon Street, was jailed for an indefinite term in 2006 after he was found guilty alongside three other men of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

Newcastle Crown Court was told that Hill and one of his fellow plotters used a Jeep to ram their victim’s car before one of them shot him twice at point-blank range.

Their target escaped with thigh and torso injuries after diving out of the way during the incident in Coach Road, Throckley, Newcastle, in April 2005.

The gang wrongly believed that their victim had become a police informer in connection with a separate case.