Police continue to work to locate missing Newcastle woman

Margaret MAcDermott

Police investigations continue trying to locate missing Newcastle woman Margaret MacDermott.

The 50-year-old, from Bolbec Road in Fenham, was last seen at around 11pm on Friday, February 12 at her home.

The mother of two was reported missing on Saturday, February 13, with a missing persons investigation launched immediately by police.

Officers have reason to believe she left her home address sometime before 5am on Saturday, February 13, and drove to Newcastle Quayside, where she is seen on CCTV footage.


The footage shows her vehicle, a light blue Renault Captur, parking in a disabled bay in Broad Chare in front of the Eye on the Tyne pub at 4:59am.

Broad Chare Missing person's car

From here, it is said she got out of her car, crossed the road and walked towards Millenium Bridge along the river, where she stopped and paused.


From here, no further CCTV footage of her is available.

Central Area Command Chief Inspector Alison Best said: “We are continuing with our enquiries to locate Margaret and our attention is focused on the Quayside area of Newcastle, around the Millennium Bridge.

“Unfortunately, the CCTV footage that we have so far is inconclusive, but we think that she has parked her car in front of the Eye on the Tyne Pub at just before 5am, crossed the road and then walked down the Quayside towards the Millennium Bridge. We then think she spent some time standing next to the bridge before we lose sight of her.

“We can not discount the possibility that Margaret may have entered the river and we have teams of officers pursuing all lines of enquiry.”

She is described as around 5ft2in tall, of slim build with short grey hair and glasses. It is believed she may have been wearing dark trousers and a black hooded top. She also suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, giving her a very distinctive walk.

Margaret MacDermott 2

Margaret’s disappearance has been described as completely out of character.

Northumbria Police Chief Inspector Ron Charlton said: “Margaret’s family are understandably very concerned for her welfare and we are working hard to locate her safe and well.”

If you have seen Margaret, or have any information about where she may be, contact police on 101 quoting reference 782 13/02/16.


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