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Manhunt for wanted prisoner believed to be hiding out in Newcastle's West End; Sean Tait, who was jailed for stabbing a Celtic football fan 40 times in 2006, is wanted for breaching the terms of a prison licence.

Byline: Sophie Doughty

A manhunt has been launched for a violent prisoner who was jailed for stabbing a football fan 40 times.

Sean Tait, from Newcastle, is wanted for recall to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.

Police believe the 27-year-old, of Belgrave Parade in Elswick, may be hiding out in the West End of the city and being helped by associates.

And officers are now appealing to the public for help in finding him.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Police are asking for the public's help to trace a Newcastle man wanted for a recall to prison.

"Sean Tait is wanted for breaching the terms of a prison licence. Enquiries are ongoing to locate him and police are asking for the public's help.

"Police believe Tait is currently in the west end of Newcastle and that he is being assisted by associates."

Tait was sent to a young offender's institute in 2006 following the savage attack on Celtic supporter Gary Buckley.

The Glaswegian had only been in Newcastle a few hours when he became separated from a friend during a drinking session and into a group of local teens who he befriended and bought beer for, Newcastle Crown Court heard .

But the gang began taunting Mr Buckley, 26, about his Celtic allegiance. And horrified residents raised the alarm when they saw Tait and two accomplices kicking him as he lay defenceless near the city's Summerhill Square.

By the time paramedics reached the scene, Tait had stabbed him 40 times in the back, face, body and legs with a knife later found blood-stained and hidden in bushes.

Wounds to the chest had penetrated both lungs and left Mr Buckley in intensive care, but he survived the attack, which happened in August 2005.

Anyone with information is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101 or alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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