Posted on 30th Apr 2012 @ 2:49 PM
Thanks to the amazing coverage provided by CCTV security surveillance technology, a dangerous man suspected of double homicide has been captured today in Leeds. 36 year old James Allen was arrested very early this morning in suspicion of connection with the deaths of Colin Dunford, in Middlesbrough, and Julie Davison, in Whitby.
Today a spokeswoman for the investigation responsible for bringing Allen in released a statement about the capture: “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.”
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said Allen was arrested on Crown Point Road after an off-duty officer saw a man fitting his description. And this accurate description was made possible thanks to CCTV security surveillance technology.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “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 Leven Street, Middlesbrough, on Monday. Mr. Dunford, who was last seen alive at around 5pm last Sunday. An autopsy 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 in Church Square 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, after sightings of the suspect were reported in Leeds on Friday.
Yesterday, police also released CCTV images taken of Allen in Scarborough during the week.
The pictures showed Allen in a cash exchange in the seaside town on Tuesday and Wednesday and in a sports shop on Wednesday.
Speaking at a news conference at Cleveland Police headquarters, in Middlesbrough, temporary Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Lang praised the officer who spotted Allen for an “excellent piece of police work”.
Describing this morning’s arrest, Mr Lang said: “Just after seven o’clock this morning in Leeds an off-duty police officer saw a man. His suspicions were raised around this man, he took up observations, maintained observations, called for assistance. That assistance arrived and, after a short foot chase, that man was arrested.”