Murders probe police in public plea

4:26pm Monday 30th April 2012

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Police questioning a man in connection with the murders of two people have appealed for members of the public to check their properties for signs of anyone living rough.

James Allen was arrested in Leeds on Sunday morning and is being quizzed in the North East over the murders of 81-year-old Colin Dunford, in Middlesbrough, and Julie Davison, 50, in Whitby, North Yorkshire.

A huge manhunt was launched for 36-year-old Allen last week after police linked the two deaths.

He was arrested on Crown Point Road, in Leeds, at around 7.20am on Sunday after he was spotted in the street by an off-duty officer who was on his way to work.

Allen was later taken to Middlesbrough, where he continues to be questioned by detectives.

Police said they are still trying to piece together Allen's movements over the last week and appealed for anyone with information, or who believes they saw Allen, to contact them.

North Yorkshire Police said searches in and around the Whitby area were expected to continue throughout the week and asked people to check for any discarded property.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Smith, who is leading the North Yorkshire Police investigation, said: "As we continue the inquiry into the murder of Julie Davison in Whitby, we are appealing to members of the public in the area to check their bins, gardens and outbuildings for any discarded personal items including footwear and clothing, and for signs of anyone living rough.

"People out and about in the rural areas around Whitby and Scarborough are also asked to look out for any discarded clothing or footwear.

"Anyone who does find any items or believes someone has been living rough on or near their property, the advice is not to touch or disturb them. Just leave them in place and call Cleveland Police immediately on 101."

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