Leopard-print-cap-wearing woman urged to speak to cops hunting Daniel Gee after train station 'meet'

A recent image of Daniel Gee
-Credit: (Image: Cleveland Police)


Officers in the hunt for Daniel Gee are trying to trace a leopard-print-cap-wearing woman pushing a buggy after a sighting of the pair at a train station.

The woman, wearing a brown lightly padded coat and a knee brace, "appears to have met with Gee on the platform" of the James Cook Hospital train station, the day after he absconded from prison.

The fugitive left Category D Kirklevington Prison, in Stockton, on Monday, May 27, and was captured on CCTV released by Cleveland Police at the hospital station at 11:50am on Tuesday, May 28, where he is believed to have boarded a train to Middlesbrough at 1:27pm.

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Now, officers have found CCTV footage of a woman with a pushchair, who looks to have met with the notorious gangster on the station platform between 12pm and 1.30pm that same day. Police say they appear to board a train together to Middlesbrough, then together board another train, which travels to Darlington.

A force spokesperson said: "They both get off at Darlington and go their separate ways on the platform. The woman can be seen leaving Darlington train station without Gee, pushing a pushchair and heading towards Yarm Road and the town centre of Darlington. Officers would like to speak to this woman and would urge her to come forward and assist with enquiries."

Investigators now also have CCTV footage, showing runaway Gee boarding the 2.16pm train from Darlington to Liverpool Lime Street on Tuesday, May 28. It is unknown at the moment at which stop he got off the train.

Gee, 44, was a key figure in an organised crime group that transformed the Grizedale estate in Liverpool into a round-the-clock drug trading zone. In 2010, he received an indeterminate sentence for public protection after being caught plotting to purchase firearms and issuing death threats to a young individual who shot him during a dispute on New Year's Day in 2008.

Anyone with information can call 101, quoting SE24098852, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or report online at www.crimestoppers.co.uk.

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