Crimestoppers offers reward of up to £3,000 for information on murder of Sunderland man

A reward of up to £3,000 is being offered through crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder of a man from Sunderland.

Robert Hutchison, 56, was reported missing at the end of June and was last seen more than six weeks ago, but police now believe he may have been murdered.

His last known movements saw him leave his home in Corporation Road, Hendon, in his car - a blue Nissan Micra, at around 6.20pm on Monday June 23rd.

Robert's disappearance became a murder inquiry in mid-July, and Crimestoppers and the police are now appealing for information from the public.

The charity is offering a reward of up to £3,000 for information passed through its 0800 555 111 number anonymously, that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for this crime.

Dave Hunter, Senior Regional Manager for Crimestoppers said: “I would urge anyone who has information on Robert's murder to come forward to Crimestoppers anonymously. You won't have to give personal details about yourself, only about the person concerned."

If you have any information on this crime then please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form.

*Note: Rewards will only be payable for information passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number. Information passed to police will not qualify.


For more information please contact Crimestoppers Senior Media Officer Kieran Theivam on 020 8835 3727 or email

Notes to Editors

  • This reward is valid for three months and should not be published after 31st October 2014. Please contact the press office for updates after this date.
  • Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our ‘giving information’ form via our website.
  • Around 20 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
  • Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over a million actionable calls, resulting in over 128,000 arrests and charges. Over £127 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £319 million worth of drugs has been seized.
  • In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 2,800 arrests to date.
  • Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG PC, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.