Appeal to find wanted man, 21, after he fled court in South Shields

Carl Hodgson.
Carl Hodgson.

A wanted man from Gateshead is being sought by police after he fled court minutes before his sentence.

Carl Hodgson, of Seaburn Gardens in Felling, was due to appear at South Tyneside Magistrates Court last Thursday, May 25, for a breach of a community order.

But just minutes before he was due in the dock the 21-year-old fled the court and for the past week he has been evading police.

Numerous attempts have been made to locate Carl but he has refused to engage with officers or hand himself in.

Now officers are appealing for help from the public to trace his whereabouts so that they can return him to custody.

Carl is described as white, around 5ft 6in tall, of slim build and with short, mousey hair.

If anyone has seen Carl, or has any information that may help police locate him, then contact officers on 101 quoting reference srn 701668.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.