Murder suspect appears in court

James Allen has been charged with murder Credit: ITV

A man charged with the murders of a pensioner from Middlesbrough and a woman from Whitby has appeared in court.

Thirty-six-year-old James Allen appeared at Teesside Magistrates where he was told he faces four other charges including rape, false imprisonment, assault and witness intimidation.

In court today he confirmed his name and address, smiling throughout the proceedings and making an obscene gesture to the magistrate.

He was arrested in Leeds after a major manhunt and has now been remanded into custody until he appears before Teesside Crown Court tomorrow.

Colin Dunford was found dead at his home in Middlesbrough last week.

Now police say they need more help from the public with their investigations. Detectives looking into the murder of Julie Davison at her home in Whitby say her laptop is missing, and believe it is in Leeds.