Man, 36, arrested in murder hunt

Police search teams scoured the railway station and Hanover Road in the hunt for James Allen. 121755a  Picture by Dave Kettlewell
Police search teams scoured the railway station and Hanover Road in the hunt for James Allen. 121755a Picture by Dave Kettlewell

A MAN being hunted by police in connection with a double murder investigation has been arrested.

James Allen, who is known to have stayed in Scarborough last week, was arrested in Crown Point Road, Leeds, at 7.20am yesterday - his 36th birthday - and is being held on suspicion of murder.

James Allen is wanted in connection with the murders

James Allen is wanted in connection with the murders

He was wanted in connection with the deaths of Whitby woman Julie Davison, 50, and Colin Dunford, 81, from Middlesbrough.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “An off-duty officer travelling to work 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.”

Allen, originally from Blackpool, stayed in Scarborough’s Allerton Croft Hotel, in West Square, on Wednesday night, just hours after Ms Davison’s death.

He was also allegedly spotted in The Lord Rosebery pub, in Westborough, on the same day, and CCTV images were released showing Allen in a Scarborough cash exchange and a sports shop on Tuesday and Wednesday last week.

Teams of police officers were seen scouring Scarborough railway station over the weekend. There was also activity in Hanover Road.

Cleveland Police temporary Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Lang yesterday said the mountain bike used by Allen at the beginning of the week had been found on Thursday in Scarborough and they did not know how he had travelled to Leeds.

He issued a further appeal for anyone with information about the route taken by Allen to come forward.

“We continue to appeal for sightings on what has been a journey. A journey that started on Monday April 23 in Middlesbrough, on Tuesday and Wednesday last week, Whitby and Scarborough, Thursday and Friday in Leeds, culminating in this morning’s arrest.”

And he asked people to check on their neighbours if they had not seen them recently.

He said they had no information that Allen had committed any other offences but added: “Please check on people, friends, relatives and let’s make sure everybody’s OK.”

He added: “In this inquiry we’re investigating two deaths. Without a doubt, this is a dangerous man so I think it’s prudent to ensure everybody’s safe and well.”

Police can be contacted by calling 101, or if you wish to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.