Do you know these men? Sunderland fugitives on the run during lockdown wanted in connection with serious offences

Detectives hunting two Sunderland men wanted for serious offences have released their pictures as they ask the public for help to find them.

Monday, 27th April 2020, 3:00 pm
Updated Monday, 27th April 2020, 3:02 pm

Liam Cooperwaite, 32, of the Downhill area of Sunderland, is wanted in connection with an assault.

While Adam McDermott, 30, of the Houghton area of Sunderland, who is wanted in relation to a public order offence.

Despite rules around lockdown, neither of the fugitives have been residing at their home address and are believed to have been purposely avoiding police.

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Liam Cooperwaite, 32, and Adam McDermott, 30, are wanted in connection with two separate offences.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Bensley, of Northumbria Police, said: “These men have been avoiding police for some time now and they are well aware we need to speak to them.

“They will all have their own accounts for these offences and we would urge them to get in touch as avoiding police is not doing them any favours.

“If you are family or friends of any of these men then we would also appeal to you to contact police with any information you may have.

“It is a criminal offence to harbour someone who is evading arrest and we do not want you to get in to trouble on the account of these individuals.

“We don’t want to encourage anyone to leave their home but, if you are out on an essential journey and see these men, then please get in touch.”

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of these men is encouraged to call 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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