A reward of £1,000 is up for grabs for information that leads to the arrest of a wanted man.

Efforts are being made to trace Lee Ferguson, 36, who has been evading police since May this year.

Ferguson, whose last known address was in the Bowness Avenue area of Wallsend, North Tyneside, is wanted on prison recall for breaching the terms of his licence.

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However, despite officers searching various associated addresses for him, Ferguson continues to evade arrest.

Now independent charity Crimestoppers have offered a £1,000 reward for anyone who provides information that leads to his arrest.

Det Insp Nick Went, of Northumbria Police, said: "Lee Ferguson is fully aware that he is wanted and will be returned to prison when he is successfully located.

"We believe he has access to a number of addresses across Northumbria – and now Crimestoppers are offering a cash reward for information that helps us detain him.

"The best scenario for everyone is for Ferguson to hand himself in at the nearest police station. I would like to remind people that harbouring a wanted fugitive is a criminal offence – which could result in a jail term.

"We do not want anybody to get into trouble on Ferguson’s account, so am appealing to anybody who has seen him to get in touch – it may be worth a four-figure sum."

Information must be passed directly to Crimestoppers in order to be eligible for the cash reward.

The reward will only qualify for information passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number or via their untraceable anonymous form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Lee Ferguson, of Wallsend, is wanted by police
Lee Ferguson, of Wallsend, is wanted by police

A Crimestoppers spokesperson added: "Please remember that Crimestoppers, as an independent charity, keeps its promise of 100% anonymity to more than a thousand people who trust them with their crime information every single day.

"No one will ever know you contacted us. We cannot trace your call or track your IP address and we will never ask for or record any personal information."

You can also report information by using the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of Northumbria Police’s website, calling 101, or by emailing [email protected]

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