Double murder hunt arrest: Police thank public

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POLICE have praised the public’s support in the hunt for double murder suspect James Allen.

The 36-year-old was arrested in Leeds on Sunday morning in connection with the murders of Colin Dunford in Middlesbrough and Julie Davison in Whitby.

Allen stayed at the Allerton Croft Hotel, in West Square, Scarborough, on Wednesday evening.

Iain Spittal, assistant chief constable of North Yorkshire Police, said: “On behalf of North Yorkshire Police and our colleagues in Cleveland and West Yorkshire, I want to pass on our sincere thanks to local residents for the overwhelming support given to the police which culminated in the arrest of the murder suspect in Leeds on Sunday morning.

“The cross-border police operation to apprehend this individual has been unrelenting over a number of days, and members of our communities have played a vital role by swiftly passing on information and sightings of the suspect.

“The investigation to secure justice on behalf of the victims and their loved ones remains ongoing.

“If you have information that could support the investigation, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, our message is that you must still pass it onto Cleveland police by calling 101. If you wish to remain anonymous then please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”