THE man suspected of killing Whitby woman Julie Davison in her Church Square home was arrested this morning in south Leeds.
James Allen, who’s 36th birthday is today (29 April), had been the subject of a manhunt involving over 100 officers following the murders of Ms Davison on Wednesday morning and 81-year-old Middlesbrough man Colin Dunford on Monday.
Numerous sightings of Mr Allen had been reported around the region throughout the following days and a spokesperson for Cleveland Police said they would like to thank members of the public for their assistance.
She explained how Mr Allen was finally brought to justice by an off duty police officer: “An officer travelling to work saw a man fitting the description on Crown Point Road in Leeds.
“He called for colleagues in support who arrived quickly and an arrest was made.”
Following the murder of Colin Dunford on Monday, Mr Allen was spotted on CCTV in Scarborough on Tuesday and Wednesday and so it is unknown why he was in Whitby in the early hours of Wednesday morning, when police believe the murder of Julie Davison took place.
Mr Allen had then spent Wednesday night at the Allerton Croft Hotel in Scarborough before reported sightings emerged of a man matching his description in the Harehills area of Leeds on Thursday.
50-year-old Julie Davison’s body was found by her sister at her rented flat in Church Square on Wednesday.
Police said she had been killed by a “brutal” attack and had sustained multiple serious head injuries.
On Thursday Ms Davison’s murder was linked by police to the murder of Mr Dunford, who was also found dead with serious head injuries at his terraced house in Leven Street, Middlesbrough.
Police said there was no sign of forced entry at either address.