Police hunting fugitive say he could be in Berwick

Detectives hunting for a fugitive in Newcastle say the man could be in Northumberland as he has links to the Berwick area.

Sunday, 16th June 2019, 10:07 am
Updated Wednesday, 19th June 2019, 14:19 pm

John Tams is wanted by police as he is alleged to have committed a number of offences, including stalking and making threats to kill a woman in Newcastle.

The 56-year-old has avoided repeated attempts by police to contact him.

And officers now believe he is actively avoiding detectives.

Tams is from the Benwell area of Newcastle. However, he is also known to have been staying in the Berwick area of Northumberland at some point.

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

He said: "John Tams has been wanted now for more than five months and continues to avoid attempts by police to speak to him.

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

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

He added: "If you are helping him to 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 and around 5ft 9in tall.

He has short grey hair and is of stocky build.

Anyone who sees him is urged to contact police immediately.