Double murder suspect James Allen arrested

James Allen. Credit: Police handout

James Allen, who is suspected of killing two people in their own homes, was arrested today.

James Allen was arrested in south Leeds at 7.20am and is being held on suspicion of murder in connection with the deaths of Colin Dunford, in Middlesbrough, and Julie Davison, in Whitby.

A 36-year-old man has been arrested in south Leeds at around 7.20am today on suspicion of murder in connection with both incidents and inquiries are ongoing.

Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police would like to thank members of the public for their support in this matter.

It is believed that Allen was arrested on his 36th birthday.

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.

A murder investigation was launched after the death of 81-year-old Mr Dunford, who was found dead at his terraced house in Middlesbrough on Monday.

A post-mortem examination on Mr Dunford, who was last seen alive at around 5pm last Sunday, showed he had suffered serious head injuries as a result of a significant assault. Detectives said there was no sign of forced entry at the house.

Ms Davison, 50, who lived alone, was found dead by her sister at her rented flat on Wednesday. She had also suffered serious head injuries, police said.

Allen, who is originally from Blackpool, is believed to have known Mr Dunford when he lived next door to him in Leven Street about a year ago but it is not thought Allen knew Ms Davison.

Police linked the two deaths on Thursday and three forces joined the hunt for Allen, with more than 100 detectives working on the case.

Yesterday, detectives released CCTV images of Allen in Scarborough on Wednesday and in Leeds on Friday afternoon.

James Allen at a Scarborough cash exchange on Wednesday. Credit: Police handout
CCTV footage of James Allen in a sports shop in Scarborough on Wednesday. Credit: Police handout
James Allen in the Harehills area of Leeds on Friday afternoon. Credit: Police handout