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Public appeal for information regarding missing person Robert Scott CLIVE who was last seen alive on the night of Thursday 10th October 2002.


Robert Scott Clive, known affectionately as Scott, was last seen shortly after 11pm on October 10, 2002, in the Borough Road area of North Shields.

Scott, originally from Stranraer, was reported missing by concerned family members, and following initial enquiries, a murder investigation was launched.

With his body having never been found, unconfirmed sightings in the early hours of the following morning placed a man appearing to match Scott’s description near the banks of the River Tyne.

Since his disappearance, officers have reviewed hundreds of hours of CCTV footage and spoke to various witnesses as they looked to piece together some of Scott’s movements on the night he went missing.

Police are keeping an open mind as to the exact circumstances that led Scott to going missing.

However, after recently receiving new information, officers from Northumbria Police’s Major Investigation Team (MIT) arrested a 49-year-old man in connection with Scott’s disappearance.

Detective Inspector Mark Atherton, who is leading on the case, has now re-appealed for anybody with information regarding Scott’s disappearance 22 years ago to come forward.

“We have always kept an open mind as to the exact circumstances surrounding Scott’s disappearance and that remains the case,” Det Insp Atherton said.

“However, upon receiving new information in recent weeks, we took the decision to arrest a man and he was interviewed in police custody in relation to Scott’s disappearance.

“The key to this investigation could still be out there within the local community – and I am today urging anybody who has information about Scott’s movements that night to come forward.

“Scott’s family have had to live for the last 22 years not knowing what happened to him – and we hope to give them the closure they deserve, by finding out what exactly happened that night.

“Please, if you know anything, think of them and pass on any relevant information to us.”


Contact Information

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police by calling 101 and quoting Storm Log NP-20240703-0398, or by completing the form at the foot of this page.


Alternatively members of the public can report information anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website.