Police search continues for wanted man on the run after sparking armed response when he fled from scene of assault

A wanted man remains on the run more than 30 hours after fleeing from the scene of an assault as a police hunt continues.

Thursday, 26th March 2020, 11:27 am
Updated Thursday, 26th March 2020, 12:15 pm

The public are being told not to approach the man, who is in his late 50s and wearing a camouflage brown jacket, if they see him and should call 999 immediately.

Today (Thursday, March 26), officers are continuing to search for a suspected wanted in connection with an assault at a property in Whitburn shortly before 1am on Wednesday.

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Armed responce officer at Old Marsden Quarry during man hunt

A thorough search of Temple Memorial Park was also carried out.

Footage taken on Wednesday shows the police helicopter circling around Cleadon Hills, near the Old Marsden Quarry nature reserve, in the search for the wanted man – who was last seen wearing a camouflage brown and black jacket with black jeans, brown boots and a brown hunting style hat.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Officers are continuing to search for a suspect in South Shields.

“Shortly before 1am on Wednesday we received a report of an assault at a property in Whitburn, where the suspect had fled the scene.”

Armed police and dog unit join search

Adding: “The male, aged in his late 50s, was last seen wearing a camouflage brown and black jacket with black jeans, brown boots and a brown hunting style hat.”

Police have warned anyone who sees a man matching that description not approach him and should contact police on 999 quoting incident number 28, 25/03/20.

Police response at Quarry Lane during man hunt
Armed responce officer at Old Marsden Quarry during man hunt on Wednesday
Police helicopter over Cleadon Hills and Old Marsden Quarry on Wednesday