Wanted man still at large as armed police continue search in Cleadon Hills

The hunt for a man suspected of an assault in Whitburn continues into the evening.

Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 6:25 pm

Police previously warned the public to avoid Temple Memorial Park, in South Shields, and Cleadon Hills. The searches in these areas have now concluded.

But the hunt continues to find the man, who is aged in his late 50s, and was last seen wearing a camouflage brown and black jacket with black jeans, brown boots and a brown hunting style hat.

Earlier today (March 25), armed officers were seen searching Cleadon Hills near the Marsden Old Quarry nature reserve.

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Armed responce officer at Old Marsden Quarry during man hunt

Footage shows the police helicopter circling above Cleadon Hills during the search.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Shortly before 1am today (Wednesday) we received a report of an assault at a property in Whitburn, where the suspect has fled the scene.

“An investigation was launched and inquiries began to trace the male with officers carrying out a thorough search of the Cleadon Park area.

“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.

Armed responce officer at Old Marsden Quarry during man hunt

“Anyone already in the area and who sees a man matching that description should not approach him and should contact police on 999 quoting incident number 28 of today (Wednesday.)”

A search is under way to find a man following an assault in Whitburn
Police helicopter over Cleadon Hills and Old Marsden Quarry during man hunt
Police response at Quarry Lane during man hunt
Armed officers searching for a wanted man following an assault. Picture by Gary Rivers
Armed police spotted in the search for a wanted man. Picture by Gary Rivers