£10,000 for information on Sunderland man's murder

23 Jun 2017 14:00 PM

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Crimestoppers has offered £10,000 for information in connection with the murder of Robert Hutchinson.

57-year-old Robert Hutchinson was last seen leaving his home in Corporation Road in the Hendon area of the city at 6.20pm on Monday, June 23, 2014. He has not been seen since.

Robert left his home in his car - a blue Nissan Micra. The car was later found abandoned at the end of Stewart Street, just off Chester Road.

Extensive enquiries were carried out to locate Robert which led police to believe he had come to harm and a murder investigation was launched. And now Crimestoppers are offering a reward of £10,000 to anyone who provides the information to Crimestoppers which leads to the arrest and conviction of Robert's killer.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team will be delivering information leaflets in the Chester Road area of Sunderland, where Robert was last seen, to help appeal for information.

Detective Inspector Ed Small is currently reviewing the murder as part of Northumbria Police's Unsolved Murders Revisited and he hopes the activities this week will open new lines of enquiries and find the missing piece of the jigsaw.

Detective Inspector Ed Small  said: "Our condolences very much remain with Robert's family. I'm sure it has been a very difficult few years and the not having the answers only prolongs their grief. We need answers to what happened to him.

"We hope that together with Crimestoppers and the people of Sunderland, we can help find the person or people responsible to Robert's death. There will be people in the community who will have information about his murder and information that can assist with our enquiry and we need them to come forward and speak to us.

"Robert's car was found at the end of Stewart Street near to Chester Road, it had been left sometime overnight between Monday, June 23 and Tuesday, June 24 so we are targeting the area to establish Robert’s last movements"

"I would ask anyone with any information, no matter how irrelevant they think it is, to come forward."

A spokesperson for Crimestoppers said: "Somewhere out there someone knows who has committed this act, and we urge them to contact the Charity Crimestoppers in complete anonymity in order to help bring the individual to justice."

Anyone with information that can assist should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 410 260614, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Information will be treated in the strictest of confidence and can be passed anonymously if necessary.

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