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James Allen charged with double murder


8:17am 2nd May 2012
(Updated 11:32am 2nd May 2012)

The man suspected of murdering a North Yorkshire woman and a man in Middlesborough has been charged.

James Allen was arrested in Leeds last week.

He's now been charged with the murder of Julie Davison from Whitby and Colin Dunford who was found dead in Middlesborough.

Also thrown in to the mix are counts of rape, false imprisonment, assault and witness intimidation.

The 36 year old is expected at Teesside Magistrate's court later.

Cleveland Police Statement:

This is an update in connection with the murder of Colin Dunford in Middlesbrough and Julie Davison in Whitby.

The 36 year old man who has been arrested in connection with their deaths has now been charged with two counts of murder.

He has also been charged with rape, false imprisonment, assault and witness intimidation.

He will appear at Teesside Magistrate’s Court this morning.

North Yorkshire Police Appeal

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for help to trace a laptop belonging to murder victim Julie Davison.

Officers investigating her murder are asking anyone in the Leeds area to contact them if they have been offered a silver and black Toshiba laptop for sale since 26th April.

The laptop is described as a Toshiba C660/C660D, it is silver on the outside with a Toshiba logo across the centre and black inside. The bag is a Texet make in black with thin, white piping on the front.

Anyone who has been offered a Toshiba laptop or believes they have bought or acquired the computer without knowing its origins, is asked to contact the police urgently.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Smith who is heading the North Yorkshire investigation into Julie's murder, said:

"The laptop is missing from Julie's home and it is extremely important that it is located as soon as possible.

“We are appealing to members of the public, market traders and second hand shop owners who may have been offered the computer to contact us as a matter of urgency. Even if you didn't buy it, but have been offered a Toshiba laptop for sale, please contact us."

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cleveland Police on 101.

If you prefer, you can pass information on without giving your name to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

North Yorkshire Police officers are distributing leaflets in the Leeds area today to appeal to local traders and customers to help locate the laptop.

PICTURED: the model of laptop and carry case

Computer - Julie Davison 2

Computer - Julie Davison 1

Computer - Julie Davison 3

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