- Allen, 36, held in south of the city at 7.30am today on suspicion of murder
- Man fitting his description spotted by off-duty officer on Crown Point Road
- More than 100 officers were involved
in the search after sightings in Leeds, Whitby and Scarborough
- Accused of killing Colin
Dunford, in Middlesbrough on Monday and Julie Davison, in Whitby,
North Yorkshire, on Wednesday
09:38, 29 April 2012
10:05, 29 April 2012
Arrested: Double murder suspect James Allen was held in south Leeds at 7.20am today after a nationwide search
A man who sparked a nationwide hunt after being suspected of killing two people in their own homes was arrested today.
James Allen, 36, was held in south Leeds at 7.20am on suspicion of murder in connection with the deaths of Colin Dunford, in Middlesbrough, and Julie Davison, in Whitby.
It came after a third police force was drafted into the search following a fresh sighting in Leeds on Friday afternoon.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said Allen was arrested on Crown Point Road after an off-duty officer saw a man fitting his description.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom, of West Yorkshire Police, said: ‘An off-duty officer travelling to work this morning saw a man fitting the description of James Allen on Crown Point Road in Leeds.
‘They called for colleagues in support who arrived quickly and an arrest was made.
‘We would like to thank all members of the community who have been contacting us to assist in this matter.’
An urgent appeal to find Allen was
issued by Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police following the
murders of Mrs Davison, 50 and
81-year-old Mr Dunford.
West Yorkshire Police joined the
search after Allen was seen on CCTV footage walking along Harehills Lane
at 2.41pm on Friday.
At that point, police said it was
possible Allen had already gone to a different location and urged anyone
who saw him to call 999.
Police said Allen was considered
dangerous and members of the public were advised not to approach him, but to
contact police immediately.
Police also released CCTV images of Allen in Scarborough earlier this week.
A grainy picture issued by Cleveland Police shows James Allen at a cash exchange in Scarborough on Tuesday
The pictures showed Allen in a cash exchange in the seaside town on Tuesday and Wednesday and in a sports shop on Wednesday.
Temporary Detective Chief
Superintendent Gordon Lang said the images showed Allen could be trying
to change his appearance by growing his hair.
Mr Lang confirmed Allen stayed in a
bed and breakfast, thought to be the Allerton Croft Hotel in
Scarborough, on Wednesday night.
The detective said Cleveland Police
had received hundreds of calls in response to appeals and urged anyone
with information or anyone sheltering Allen to contact them.
Raid: Armed police at the scene in Lothian Road, Middlesbrough, where police sealed off the street this morningas the hunt for James Allen continues
‘This is not a time for loyalty. There
can be no loyalty at a time like this. This is the time to help the
police,’ he said. ‘Now is the time to be public-spirited.’
Mr Lang issued a further direct appeal
to Allen to hand himself in: ‘Give yourself up. Give yourself up now.
You need to be in police custody, you know you need to be in police
custody, you know what you’ve done.
‘I think purely and simply by the
tragic events that have unfolded, this is a man who cannot be at large,
who needs to be arrested and that needs to happen as quickly as
Mr Lang warned residents to keep their homes secure and be careful when answering their doors.
‘Murdered’: Colin Dunford (left) was found on Monday and Julie Davison (right) was discovered by her sister
Killed: Julie Davison (above) had suffered serious head injuries at her flat in Whitby
Mr Dunford, who was last seen alive at
around 5pm last Sunday, was found dead with serious head injuries at
his terraced house in Leven Street, Middlesbrough, on Monday after he
failed to appear at Samuelsons Working Man’s Club, where he was a daily
Detectives said there was no sign of forced entry at the house.
Ms Davison, who lived alone, was found
dead by her sister at her rented flat in Church Square on Wednesday.
She had also suffered serious head injuries, police said.
Tragic: Police at the scene in Church Square, Whitby, North Yorkshire, after Miss Davison was found dead following a ‘brutal’ assault
Investigation: Police have cordoned off the street in Middlesbrough where 81-year-old Colin Dunford was found
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