I used to love getting off work (who doesn't) and hearing the church bells of St. Nicholas as I stood at the busstop on the Newcastle end of the Tyne Bridge. As a teen and young woman I used to walk around the cathedral, the quayside (no not picking up sailors you lot) and exploring the area, but for all the time I was there I never saw THIS.
Yes, it is a vampire bunny and it is located above the doorway of the cathedral buildings (used as solicitor's offices). The building was built in c 1900 and faces the back of st.nicholas cathedral and amen corner. Nobody seems to know how it got there or anything about it, it is a mystery. My mum used to work in the building and never knew about it (well she never really used the back entrance of the building). It was fun to take mum there and show her it. How did I know about it? As some say it "by gannin on tinternet " In other words exploring the Internet, isn't technology great!
"The rabbit's alertness and speed made it a Christian symbol of vigilance and the need to flee from sin and temptation. Like the lion, the hare was believed to be so vigilant that it slept with its eyes open. Its flesh was contaminated with wakefulness and could cause insomnia in its eater. Its speed was a reminder of the swift passage of life." source: ChristStory Bestiary