Police hunt for wanted man who could be staying in Northumberland

Detectives who have been hunting a fugitive for months have launched a fresh appeal about his whereabouts.

Saturday, 15th June 2019, 16:05 pm
Updated Saturday, 15th June 2019, 16:08 pm
Northumbria Police have launched an appeal to trace John Tams.

John Tams has been wanted for more than five months, and officers are looking to trace him as part of an ongoing investigation.

The 56-year-old man is alleged to have committed a number of offences including stalking and making threats to kill a woman in Newcastle.

He had avoided repeated attempts by police to contact him and is now actively avoiding detectives, Northumbria Police say.

Tams is from the Benwell area of Newcastle but is also known to have been staying in the Berwick area of Northumberland.

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Detective Chief Inspector Paul Knox has now asked those close to John Tams to "do the right thing" and speak to police.

He said: "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.

"Inquiries to trace him are very much ongoing and we would once again ask the public to be on the lookout for him.

"Anyone who sees a man matching his description, or has information about his whereabouts, should call police immediately.

"If you are helping him evade police then you could be committing a criminal offence so I urge you to do the right thing and get in touch."

Tams, of Fergusons Lane, Benwell, is described as white, around 5ft 9in tall, with short grey hair and of stocky build.

Anyone who sees him, or knows his whereabouts, should not approach him and instead call 999 quoting reference 47743