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A fugitive who tried to evade capture by police in Berwick has been sentenced to two years in prison
11 Jun | 14:22

Robert Guthrie, 36, was arrested and charged by police on suspicion of breaching bail conditions to appear at Berwick Magistrates’ Court.

However, he failed to turn up at his hearing in July last year and so a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Guthrie went on the run for more than three months before he was tracked down by officers to an address in Berwick.

That led to a roof top siege which lasted for several hours, and saw Guthrie cause criminal damage and aim roof tiles at responding police officers. 

Earlier this year in March, Guthrie attended Newcastle Crown Court on two occasions and pleaded guilty to criminal damage, breach of a restraining order, public order and criminal damage.

And now Guthrie, of Eastcliffe in Berwick, has been jailed for two years at a sentencing hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday.

Neighbourhood Inspector John Swan, from Northumbria Police’s, said: “I want to thank the victims for their support during this investigation. They have shown great strength over a difficult few months and I hope this result comes as some comfort to them."

“This is a fantastic effort by officers to secure a conviction and I welcome Guthrie’s sentence for his crimes. We will always take positive action to protect the vulnerable and bring offenders before the courts.

“Hopefully, this will act as a message to others who think they can run from officers. Guthrie thought he could evade the police however, we were hot on his trail and now he faces jail time for his efforts.”

 

 

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