Officers hoping to arrest 15 wanted suspects before Christmas have appealed to the public for help.

Northumbria Police have today (Wednesday) released the faces of their not-so-festive fugitives and are again asking the public to rise to the challenge.

The men are wanted in connection with a range of offences – including burglary, stalking and assault – and all 15 are believed to be evading arrest despite knowing that they are wanted.

Extensive searches are being carried out at addresses across the North East in a bid to locate them and ensure they are brought into custody over the coming days.

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Police are now asking anybody who has seen any of the suspects, or know where they may be trying to lay low, to get in touch.

The suspects include:

* Raymond Boyle, 50, of no fixed abode, wanted on prison recall

• Byron Ford, 36, of Ashington, wanted in connection with a stalking offence

• Jack Quinn, 26, of no fixed abode, wanted on prison recall

• Martin Ross, 43, of Newcastle, wanted in connection with a burglary

Superintendent Claire Wheatley, of Northumbria Police, said: “We are always blown away by the public’s response and eagerness to help us with appeals like this – and hope everyone rises to the challenge again.

“Our aim is to bring all 15 of these suspects into custody before Christmas so that we can interview them in connection with a number of offences committed here in Northumbria.

“As ever, the public are our eyes and ears – so please take a second to look at these faces. Have you seen them in your communities? Do you know where they might be staying?

“If so, we want to hear about it. Your information, no matter how insignificant you feel it could be, may be crucial to our ongoing enquiries.

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“Some of those pictured may be relying on family or friends in order to evade arrest. We would like to remind everyone that it is a criminal offence to harbour a wanted fugitive which itself could lead to a jail term.

“By working together, we can continue to ensure the North East remains as safe as it possibly can be to live, work and visit.”

The suspects, or anyone who has information about their whereabouts, are asked to contact police immediately via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting NP-20221221-0218 plus the suspect’s name.