Bridlington guest house murder: Search for wanted South Yorkshire man continues

Police are searching South Yorkshire for a man wanted in connection with the murder of a Bridlington guest house landlady.

Monday, 21st July 2014, 9:57 am
John Heald

A Yorkshire-wide search continues today, Monday 21 July, for John Heald, 53, who has been wanted since the body of Bei Carter, 49, landlady of the Morayland Hotel in Marshall Avenue, was found on Friday 18 July.

Mr Heald has been spotted in the Mexborough and Rotherham area, and is also wanted on suspicion of a serious offence in Sheffield on Sunday 13 July.

Detective Superintendent Mathew Hutchinson, leading the search for the wanted man for Humberside Police, said: “There have now been reported sightings of John Heald in Rotherham and Mexborough and we have officers on the ground here to locate him.

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“John Heald is a dangerous man and he needs to be found and arrested as a matter of urgency.

“He is wanted for a serious offence in the Sheffield area as well as for the murder of Bei Carter in Bridlington and I believe that people here in this local area know him and may well know where he is.

“It is absolutely imperative that anyone who has seen this man or has any information about his whereabouts calls the police now and tells us what they know.

“To anyone who might be helping Heald evade the police, I would say; consider your actions, this is a very dangerous man, he needs arresting before he can harm anybody else.

“I believe Heald poses a threat to the general public and therefore people should not approach him. If they do see him they should ring 999 immediately.”

South Yorkshire Police’s District Commander, Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, said: “We are working closely with our colleagues in Humberside Police to quickly locate and arrest this individual.

“Additional officers are being deployed to support the investigation and to provide reassurance.

“However, the support of the public is essential in this investigation. He has contacts in this area and I would urge anyone who sees him to contact police immediately.”

The most recent image of John Heald has been re-issued by Humberside Police (attached) and anyone who believes they have seen this man should call police.

Anyone with information can also contact the Major Incident Team on (01377) 208989 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.