Manhunt over as police charge son after mum’s face was slashed in Sunderland

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WANTED Steven Hanson was appearing in court today after a four-day manhunt.

The 21-year-old sparked a region-wide search when he disappeared last Friday after his mother, Michelle Hanson, was slashed across the face.

Despite police appeals, Hanson could not be found until officers obtained information he was at an address in Portland Square, Plains Farm, Sunderland.

A team of detectives were seen leading Hanson away from the property at about 10am yesterday morning. He was questioned and then charged with a Section 18 wounding offence before his appearance at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court today.

Hanson’s mother, 38, suffered two slash wounds to her face, one from her ear to her nose and another from her mouth to neck, in the alleged assault on Friday.

She was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital and needed more than 20 stitches in the wounds.

After the alleged assault, police made repeated appeals for information and searched a number of properties in the city.

Hanson is understood to have lived in Plains Farm for several years, close to where he was arrested. He is known to be friends with a number of people in the area.

One neighbour said: “He used to live up here with his mam and was always coming back and hanging around the place.

“The police just led him out of the house and took him off. It all happened quite quickly.”

Michelle Hanson is alleged to have been attacked at a property in Argyle Square at about 6.30pm on Friday.

Mr Hanson had been living at Dunholme Road in Newcastle but originates from Sunderland.