12 men - including three from Sunderland, Houghton and South Shields - wanted by Northumbria Police
Police have issued pictures of 12 men they want to trace.
Northumbria Police is looking to track down these dozen offenders from across the North East.
Searches are ongoing at various addresses across the region in an effort to locate them, but with many living transient lifestyles and having access to more than one accommodation, police are now asking the public for assistance.
All 12 crooks are aware that they are wanted and are attempting to evade officers.
The fugitives are:
Kenneth Ingham, 29, of Newcastle
Ryan Gray, 25, of Gateshead
Mark Campbell, 20, of Newcastle
Raymond McPherson, 33, of Gateshead
Lee Ferguson, 36, of North Shields
Stephen Smith, 28, of Blyth
Adam McLaughlin, 29, of Tynemouth
Dylan Newall, 25, of Houghton
Luke Brice, 21, of Houghton
Christopher Rutherford, 38, of South Shields
Mark Riddell, 40, of Sunderland
Carl Hodgson, 25, of Gateshead
Police are appealing for anybody with information about the whereabouts of the dozen men to come forward.
Superintendent Paul Milner, of Northumbria Police, said: “These men are all well-known in their respective areas and may be leaning on friends or family to keep them under the radar and out of sight.
“I would like to reiterate that it is a criminal offence to harbour a wanted fugitive which could lead to possible imprisonment.“We don’t want anybody to get into trouble on their account, so the best scenario for everybody is that those pictured hand themselves in to their nearest police station or contact us via 101.
“As ever, the public remain our eyes and ears out in the community and we are asking you to take a close look at these men. Do you recognise any of them, or have you seen any of them out near where you live?
“If so, we want to hear from you – and ask that you get in touch as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information about any of the men pictured are asked to contact us via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website.
Alternatively you can pass on information via independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by ringing 0800 555 111.