Man Killed By Metro 'Could Be Polish'

24 January 2012, 13:35

Police think a man killed after he was hit by a Metro train near Gateshead could be Polish.

He's still not been identified since his death over a week ago.

It happened on Friday 13th of January between the Felling and Heworth stations.

Police say they have now contacted English language newspapers in Poland and a radio station for help.

Pictures were released last week of the man's tattoo and replicas of the clothes he was wearing.

Acting Detective Inspector Craig Metcalfe, said: 
"We are doing all we can to identify this man and have issued these photographs to the Polish media hoping someone will recognise them and help identify him.

We'd like to hear from anyone in the Polish community who recognises the 'swallow' bird tattoo. It's quite distinctive so we're hoping a family member, colleague or friend might be able to recollect it.

His clothing shows he was a smartly dressed and well turned out man. He was cleanly shaven with a short haircut.

Someone must know who this man is and because they haven't seen him for nearly a fortnight must be worried and concerned.

We believe the general public hold the key in helping police to identify this man."

The tattoo was on the front of the man's right shoulder. He was carrying £700 in cash in his wallet but no form of identification when he was killed at around 8pm on Friday 13th January.

The man, believed to be aged between 45 and 50, is white, medium build and 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in. He had short brown hair and was clean-shaven.

Officers believe the man may have been living in the area.

Call 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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