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9:47pm UK, Thursday April 26, 2012
Two police forces want to speak to a 35-year-old man after two people were murdered in Middlesbrough and Whitby.
Detectives say they are urgently trying to find James Allen over the deaths of 81-year-old Colin Dunford and Julie Davison, aged 50.
Mr Dunford’s body was found at his home in Leven Street in Middlesbrough late on Monday night.
Mrs Davison’s body was found by relatives in her ground floor flat in Church Square, Whitby on Wednesday lunchtime.
Both victims lived alone and both died after suffering head injuries.
(L-R) Julie Davison and Colin Dunford
Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Lang of Cleveland Police said at least 100 officers were working on what he called two brutal murders.
“Anyone who can carry out such callous acts needs to be caught as a matter of urgency,” he said.
“Anyone who sees (James Allen) or who knows where he is, we would ask them to contact 999 immediately.”
Allen is described as 5ft 7in tall, with tattoos on both arms and is known to the police.
Before Allen was linked to the Whitby murder, Chief Inspector Kerrin Smith of North Yorkshire Police said a man had been seen outside Mrs Davison’s flat at 6.30 on Wednesday morning.
He was described as white, around 6ft tall, of unkempt appearance and was wearing a baseball cap and riding a dark-coloured mountain bike.