James Allen charged

Police have charged James Allen with the murders of 50-year-old Julie Davison from Whitby and 81-year-old Colin Dunford from Middlesbrough.

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Family of murdered Julie Davison pay tribute

The family of Julie Davison release a tribute:

"We are devastated by the sad loss of our lovely Julie.

“She was one of the kindest people you could ever wish to know and went out of her way to help others.

“She did not deserve to die in such terrible circumstances.

“We are so very sad that her hopes of building a new life back in her home town of Whitby ended so tragically.

“We would like to thank everyone who has sent us messages of support during this traumatic time.

“We now ask that the media respect our privacy and allow us to grieve in peace while we try to come to terms with what has happened.”

– Davison family

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Police ask people to check on neighbours

Police investigating two murders in Middlesbrough and Whitby have asked the public to check their neighbours are ok following the arrest of suspect James Allen. Colin Dunford, 81, and Julie Davison, 50, were both found beaten to death in their own homes.

Temporary Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Lang said he had no reason to believe there were other victims, but given the nature of the murders it was 'prudent' to look out for neighbours, especially if they hadn't been seen lately.

James Allen will be questioned at a police station in Leeds following his arrest this morning. He was spotted by an off duty police officer, which Mr Lang described as an 'excellent piece of police work'.

Police: Allen may be trying to change his appearance

Police hunting double murder suspect James Allen say he may be trying to change his appearance by growing his hair.

Detectives also say sightings have been reported in the Hare Hills area of Leeds, as well as further sightings on Teesside and in North Yorkshire.

"We are investigating a number of sightings in both force areas that have been reported to us, including sightings in the Harehills area of Leeds.

This operation continues on a 24/7 basis and it will do until we trace and arrest James Allen.

Someone must know where he is. He will have confided in someone and I would appeal to that person to come forward and get in touch with us.

If you know where he is now, call us. James, if you are reading this, give yourself up, it is only a matter of time before we find you."

– Temporary Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Lang, Cleveland Police

Police hunting double murder suspect thank public for support

The detective in charge of the hunt for murder suspect James Allen has thanked the public for their help so far. Cleveland Police says sightings continue to be reported.

We've had a positive response from members of the public and I would express my thanks for their support. We're working around the clock to follow up these leads.

– Temporary Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Lang, Cleveland Police

Allen is being sought in connection with the murders of Colin Dunford, 81, in Middlesbrough on Monday, and Julie Davison, 50, in Whitby on Wednesday.

People are being urged not to approach Allen if they see him, but to contact police immediately.

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Police take man into custody after raid

Police have been carrying out raids in an attempt to find James Allen, the man wanted in connection with two murders in Middlesbrough and Whitby. Officers have taken a man into custody after raiding a house on Delarden Road in Middlesborough, but it is not believed to be Allen.

Police take man into custody
Police take man into custody Credit: ITV
Police prepare for raid
Police prepare for raid Credit: ITV
Delarden Road
Delarden Road Credit: ITV

Earlier, another man was questioned after a raid on Lothian Road. He has since been released without charge.

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