Hunt continues for escaped prisoners at large in North East

The fugitives.
The fugitives.

Police are continuing to search for two North East men who escaped from a prison in Doncaster and believed to be at large in the North East.

Barry John Henry Lynn, aged 35, from the Scotswood area of Newcastle and Michael Forster, 41, from the Gateshead area, were reported to Northumbria Police as after they escaped from Hatfield Prison, near Doncaster, at 1.06pm on Wednesday, November 25.

It is believed the men absconded from the prison at around 11:45am and travelled to the North East in a new shape blue Vauxhall Astra.

On Wednesday night police located and seized this Astra and arrested a man and woman (both aged 37) on suspicion of assisting an offender. They are currently in custody helping police with enquiries.

We believe the two men are still in the area and enquiries are ongoing to locate and arrest them.

Central Area Command Superintendent Richard Jackson said: "These men left the Doncaster area at around 11:45am on Wednesday and were travelled to the North East in a blue Vauxhall Astra. We now have this car and have arrested two people on suspicion of assisting an offender.

"We think the two men are most likely to be in Newcastle or Gateshead and we have officers in both of those areas tasked with looking for them and arresting them.

"Both men were serving sentences for violent crimes and although there is nothing to suggest they are a risk to the public we would still ask people not to approach them and ring police straight away."

Anyone who has any information about the whereabouts of these two men is asked to contact police on 101.

Anyone who sees the men is asked to ring 999.

Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. .

If any information given to Crimestoppers results in those responsible being charged, you may receive a cash reward.