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Police Given More Time to Question Murder Suspect James Allen

Julie Davison

3:23pm 9th May 2012
(Updated 4:20pm 9th May 2012)

UPDATE 5,30pm Monday 30th April 2012

Details from Cleveland Poice

Police have been granted more time to question a man who went on the run after being accused of murdering two people in separate attacks.

James Allen, 36, was arrested yesterday in Leeds 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.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said:

"Detectives investigating the murders of Colin Dunford and Julie Davison have obtained a warrant of further detention for the 36-year-old man arrested in the Leeds area early yesterday morning.

"The man remains in police custody in Middlesbrough undergoing questioning in relation to the two murders and a sexual assault."

North Yorkshire Police Appeal

North Yorkshire Police is continuing to appeal for information in connection with the murder of Julie Davison in Whitby.

Officers are asking members of the public who find any discarded clothing or footwear in the Whitby and Scarborough area to contact them immediately.  

They are also asking members of the public to check their outbuildings and bins for signs of anyone living rough and for any discarded clothing or personal items.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Smith, who is leading the North Yorkshire Police investigation, said:

“As we continue the inquiry into the murder of Julie Davison in Whitby, we are appealing to members of the public in the area to check their bins, gardens and outbuildings for any discarded personal items including footwear and clothing, and for signs of anyone living rough.

“People out and about in the rural areas around Whitby and Scarborough are also asked to look out for any discarded clothing or footwear.

“Anyone who does find any items or believes someone has been living rough on or near their property, the advice is not to touch or disturb them. Just leave them in place and call Cleveland Police immediately on 101.

“It is vital to our investigation that we piece together the suspect’s movements over the past week, I am therefore reiterating the appeal for anyone who believes they have seen the suspect as he travelled across the region to contact us if they have not already done so.“

If you have other information that could help the investigation, please contact Cleveland Police via 101 or you can give information anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Today, officers are continuing to search in and around the Whitby area. Searches are expected to continue throughout this week.  

Chronology of the suspect, James Allen's movements over the past week:

Monday 23rd April – Middlesbrough

Tuesday 24th April – Scarborough and Whitby

Wednesday 25th April – Whitby and Scarborough

Thursday 26th April – Scarborough and Leeds

Statement from the family of Julie Davison

"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.”

36 year old James Allen remains in police custody in connection with the murder.


Julie Davison

PICTURED BELOW: Suspect in custody James Allen

James Allen CCTV 2

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