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James Allen manhunt widens after latest sighting

James Allen was seen in the Harehills area of Leeds on Friday afternoon Credit: Police handout

A third police force has joined the manhunt for a violent convicted criminal suspected of killing two people in their own homes following a fresh sighting.

West Yorkshire Police joined the search after James Allen was seen on CCTV footage walking along Harehills Lane, Leeds at 2.41pm on Friday.

An urgent appeal to find Allen was issued by Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police following the murders of Julie Davison, 50, in Whitby, North Yorkshire, and 81-year-old Colin Dunford in Middlesbrough.

CCTV of James Allen in Leeds released by police

Police hunting double murder suspect James Allen have released CCTV footage of him walking, with his face hidden, in the Harehills area of Leeds on Friday afternoon.

James Allen in the Harehills area of Leeds on Friday afternoon. Credit: Police handout

Allen is suspected of two separate murders in which a man aged 81 and a woman aged 50 were found dead in their homes.


James Allen victim 'lucky' to be alive

A previous victim of James Allen said he was "lucky" to be alive as he described his shock at seeing the wanted man's face on TV.

James Allen Credit: Yorkshire Police

Brian Butt, 67, suffered four stab wounds when he was attacked outside his Winchester home in February 2003 by Allen and a accomplice. Allen was jailed for eight years for the attack, the Southern Daily Echo reported.

Mr Butt said: "I saw it on television and I thought I knew the name from somewhere, then I saw his picture and it was definitely him. When I saw it and what he is supposed to have done, I felt sorry for the families of those up there.

"I don't want to talk about what happened. They came here and I was stabbed four times but I was the lucky one. They did take things but I don't want to talk about what happened."

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