Prudhoe pub car park glass attack appeal has 'positive public response'

Detectives are trying to trace Stephen Waters in connection with a brutal assault that took place outside West Wylam Inn, in Northumberland

The West Wylam Inn in Prudhoe
The West Wylam Inn in Prudhoe

Detectives investigating a glass attack in Northumberland say they have had a “positive response” to a national appeal as they continue a bid to trace their prime suspect.

Stephen Waters’ distinctive tattoos - which include the word “Buster” etched across his forearm - appeared on BBC’s Crimewatch programme as police continued to appeal for information that may lead to his arrest.

It comes after a man was slashed across the arm, neck and face with a glass, in the car park outside the West Wylam Inn, Prudhoe.

The victim, who is in his early 40s, spent three days in hospital after the attack, which happened during the early hours of July 28.

Officers from Northumbria Police last night re-issued images of Waters’ tribal tattoos and said the 38-year-old had links to locations across Northumberland. The spokesman said: “Officers have had a positive response and have received a number of calls from the public following the Crimewatch programme.

“However, police are still seeking to trace Stephen Waters and are issuing photos of him again.

Stephen Waters and his distinctive tattoo on his arm
Stephen Waters and his distinctive tattoo on his arm
 

“Stephen Michael Waters is also known as Stephen McGlasson. Detectives want to speak to him about a fight which happened in the car park of a pub in Northumbria in July during which a man was stabbed in the neck and slashed across the face and arms. The 38-year-old has links across North East England – specifically Hexham, Prudhoe and Gateshead.”

During Tuesday night’s Crimewatch programme officers in north London also renewed their appeal for information on the whereabouts of Afghan national Fidi Utmanzai, who escaped from a mental health unit in Edmonton in March 2010.

Asylum seeker Utmanzai spent time in a hostel in Newcastle’s West End in 2009 before going on to commit a horrific killing in London. It is believed he left the area after a violent incident at the hostel when he attacked a man.

Police in the capital believe Utmanzai may have fled to Tyneside to seek help from the city’s Afghan community. They have urged members of the public not to approach him but to contact them. Utmanzai is currently in the Met Police’s 100 Most Wanted. Rasool Khan, 21, suffered a horrific death at his hands two years ago.

The pair lived near each other in Tottenham and Mr Khan, who worked as a butcher, was described as a “model citizen” at the Old Bailey where his killer was ordered to be detained under the Mental Health Act.

Utmanzai attacked Mr Khan without warning at the defendant’s flat, stabbing him through the neck and slitting his throat.

He was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, and admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The Met believe he has links to the Haringey and Twickenham areas of London as well as to Newcastle and Pakistan. He has cigarette burn scars on both his forearms.

Anyone with any information about Utmanzai or Waters should contact the Met Police on 0208 345 3332, Northumbria Police on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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