A REWARD of £1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted in connection with a spate of frauds.

Police in the North East have joined their counterparts nationwide in the search of Matthew Attenborough, of Bournemouth, who also goes by the name of name Rauiri O’Chonghaile.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said the charity Crimestoppers was offering the reward as Attenborough continues to evade arrest.

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A spokespersons said: “We we have issued an appeal to the public, asking for help so we can bring him into custody.

“We are continuing to search for him and are focussing our attention on the North West of England, with support from partners, and that activity will remain ongoing until he is found.

“We do not want anybody to get into trouble on his account, so we are urging him to hand himself in to the nearest police station so we can question him.

“It is a criminal offence to harbour a wanted fugitive and that could lead to prosecution and potential imprisonment so if you've seen him, or believe you know where he may be residing, please do the right thing and contact us immediately.”

Attenborough or anyone who has seen him, is asked to call 101 quoting reference 080151C/20.

To give information anonymously and to be eligible for the reward, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers by ringing 0800 555 111 or complete a simple and secure anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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