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Police given more time to question James Allen

Police have been granted more time to question a man who went on the run after two people were killed in separate attacks.

Cleveland Police confirmed it has obtained a warrant of further detention for 36-year-old James Allen. Credit: Police

James Allen, 36, was arrested in Leeds on Sunday after he was spotted by an off-duty police officer.

He is being questioned by Cleveland Police following the murder last week of 81-year-old Colin Dunford in Middlesbrough and 50-year-old Julie Davison in Whitby, North Yorkshire.

Allen is being held at a police station in Middlesbrough on suspicion of the two murders and a sexual assault.

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Timeline of double murder suspect hunt

  • Monday April 23: Police find Colin Dunford, who was last seen alive at around 5pm on Sunday, dead with serious head injuries at his terraced house in Middlesbrough.
  • Wednesday April 25: Julie Davison, who lived alone, is found dead by her sister at her rented flat in Whitby, North Yorkshire.
  • Thursday April 26: Cleveland and North Yorkshire Police issue a joint appeal to find Allen after officers link the two deaths.
  • Friday April 27 - Cleveland Police reveal Allen lived next door to Mr Dunford in Leven Street about a year ago.
  • Saturday April 28: CCTV images of Allen in Scarborough and Leeds are released. Police confirm he stayed in a bed and breakfast, thought to be the Allerton Croft Hotel in Scarborough, on Wednesday night.
  • Sunday April 29: Allen, 36, is arrested in south Leeds at 7.20am and held on suspicion of murder.

Police: An off-duty officer spotted Allen

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said Allen was arrested on Crown Point Road after an off-duty officer saw a man fitting his description.

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.

– Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom, West Yorkshire Police
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