Fugitive with known links to Northumberland on the run for more than a year

Detectives hunting a wanted man are calling for the public’s help in bringing him into custody.

Have you seen John Tams?
Have you seen John Tams?

John Tams, 56, has now been wanted for more than a year after a report that he had threatened to kill a woman in Newcastle.

The fugitive has avoided repeated attempts by police to contact him and a picture was released to the public last year in a bid to trace him.

Inquiries are still ongoing to locate Tams, who is from the Benwell area of Newcastle.

He is known to have been staying across Newcastle and Northumberland.

Officers leading the search have revealed that anyone who provides information leading to his arrest and charge could receive a reward of up to £1,000.

The money is being offered by Crimestoppers.

Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt, of Northumbria Police’s Central Area Command, said: "John Tams has been wanted now for more than a year and we have carried out a number of inquiries to locate him.

"He is wanted in connection with a number of serious offences and we will continue our search for him until he is brought in to custody.

"Nobody can stay on the run forever and it will be better for him if he hands himself in to police sooner rather than later.”

Tams, of Fergusons Lane, Benwell, is described as white, around 5ft 6ins tall, bald with short grey hair at the sides, and of stocky build.

To be eligible for the reward you must contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and quote the Northumbria reference SRN47743.