27/04/2012

Manhunt Launched For Double Murder Suspect

Police have launched a manhunt following the discovery of two murder victims.

A 35-year-old suspect, named as James Allen, is being sought on suspicion of murdering 81-year-old Colin Dunford, and a 50-year-old Julie Davison.

The body of Colin Dunford was found at his home in Middlesbrough on Monday. Followed by the discovery of Julie Davison at her home in Whitby, North Yorkshire, on Wednesday.

Allen is known to police, and members of the public are urged not to approach him but dial 999.

The Cleveland and North Yorkshire police forces issued a joint appeal to find Allen after officers linked the "two brutal murders in the victims' own homes".

Temporary Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Lang, head of crime operations for Cleveland police, said: "We now believe the Middlesbrough murder is linked to the murder that took place in Whitby yesterday. Two brutal murders in the victims' own homes.

"Anyone who can carry out such callous acts needs to be caught as a matter of urgency. We have over 100 officers working on the incident to trace Allen, and we are focusing our efforts in Cleveland and in the Whitby area of North Yorkshire. Anyone who sees him or who knows where he is, we would ask them to contact 999 immediately."

Allen is described as 5ft 7in, with a bald head and tattoos on both arms.

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