Search for missing man focuses on North Shields

CCTV images taken from Newcastle Crown Court on November 14 of Michael Whinham.
CCTV images taken from Newcastle Crown Court on November 14 of Michael Whinham.
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Detectives investigating the disappearance of a Newcastle man are focusing their search to North Shields.

Police looking for Michael Whinham are making a specific appeal to people in the Meadowell area for information.

Michael Whinham.

Michael Whinham.

Michael, who is 31 and from Oakfield Gardens in Newcastle, was reported missing to police on November 23.

The last confirmed sighting of him was from CCTV cameras at Newcastle Quayside at 12.48pm on Saturday, November 14.

He is then believed to have travelled to the Meadowell area of North Shields to see friends.

It is thought that Michael may have been in the area around Meadow Well Metro Station and Northumberland Square, North Shields, sometime between 5pm and 8pm that evening.

Detectives are focusing their attention on this area and are appealing for anyone who lives near to Meadow Well Metro station and Northumberland Square, or anyone who might have been in the areas on Saturday, November 14, and who might have seen Michael there, to get in touch with any information.

Central CID Detective Sergeant Tam Fowler said: “It’s been five months now since Michael was reported missing and our enquiries remain ongoing to try and find out where he is or what has happened to him.

“We are focusing on the area around Meadow Well Metro station as we have information that suggests Michael was there sometime between 5pm and 8pm on Saturday November 14.

“We want anyone who lives in the area near to the Metro station or anyone who might have been there that evening and who might have seen Michael to get in get in touch with any information they might have.

“Any associates or friends of Michael with any information – no matter how small or insignificant they think it might be – is asked to contact us.

“Please pass on what you know, it could make all the difference to the investigation and helping Michael’s family get answers.”

If you have seen Michael, or have any information about his whereabouts, then contact police on 101 extension 69191.