Murder suspect arrested in Filey

Graeme Jarman was wanted in connection with the murder of pensioner Judith Richardson
Graeme Jarman was wanted in connection with the murder of pensioner Judith Richardson

A NATIONWIDE manhunt ended at Filey Library on Saturday, with the arrest of a man wanted in connection with the brutal murder of a 77-year-old woman.

Police swooped on the library and arrested Graeme Jarman, 47, after a member of staff at the library recognised him and alerted the authorities at around 3pm.

Jarman, from Durham, is wanted in connection with the murder of Judith Richardson, who was found dead at her home in Hexham. Northumberland, on August 19.

A post-mortem revealed she died from head injuries. Detectives have said they believe Miss Richardson, who lived alone and never married, was beaten to death with a hammer.

Detective Chief Superintendent Neil Adamson, of Northumbria Police, said: “I would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance during this investigation, it has been their support which has made the arrest possible.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to mention the unwavering support we have received from police forces across the country, to them, as much as to the officers of Northumbria, Cleveland and Durham, I owe my thanks.”

Police had believed that Jarman may have been in hiding on the south coast prior to his arrest.

Detectives said he was regularly changing his appearance, and CCTV images showed him with shaved hair, wearing a baseball cap and glasses.

On Friday, Miss Richardson’s niece said: “We are a very private family and we are finding all of this so horrific. We thank everyone for all the lovely condolences and good wishes that we have received and sincerely thank everyone who has helped the police in any way.”