Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Help Catch a Villain on the Loose; Police Release CCTV of 10 Most Wanted Yobs

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Help Catch a Villain on the Loose; Police Release CCTV of 10 Most Wanted Yobs

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

THESE are Tyneside's 10 Most Wanted thugs on the run from justice.

As the party season remains in full swing and thousands of revellers flock to Newcastle's buzzing nightspots these yobs, who are all suspected of carrying out violent attacks in the city, could be among the festive revellers.

All 10 are wanted in connection with assaults that happened in or near pubs and clubs.

And today Northumbria Police is urging Chronicle readers to help make our nightlife safer by identifying the suspected thugs so they can be brought to justice in the New Year.

Newcastle City Centre Chief Inspector, Bruce Storey said: "Anyone coming to Newcastle city centre to cause trouble will be dealt with firmly and as is evident in the detection rate, we do not tolerate violent crime of any kind and will take swift action to deal with those believed to be involved. "However, one assault is still one too many and we continue to do all we can to prevent offences from taking place and deal with those suspected of being responsible."

Newcastle is famed across the world for its nightlife.

And although the bars of the Bigg Market, Quayside, Collingwood Street and The Gate, attract revellers from all over the country, the city remains a very safe place to drink and party.

Violent crime in Newcastle city centre continues to fall and the detection rate of 57.5% means over half of all attackers are traced and dealt with, with the help of CCTV cameras which cover a large number of pubs, clubs and public areas.

However, these offenders, who are all suspected of carrying out assaults over the last five months, have somehow evaded capture.

And police say they will not give up until they are all brought to book.

"The message is clear - if you come to Newcastle and assault someone there is a high chance you will be caught and arrested," Chief Insp Storey continued. …

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