Police praise public for inquiry help

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POLICE have said thanks to Whitby’s residents for their help in tracking down the man suspected of murdering local woman Julie Davison.

The town was left in a state of shock last month after the 50-year-old’s body was found by relatives at her flat in Church Square on Wednesday 25 April.

An intense police investigation and manhunt involving three police forces and 100 officers followed until main suspect, James Allen, was arrested in Leeds four days later. Parts of the town were cordoned off and scores of people were questioned by police carrying out door-to-door enquiries in the aftermath and investigations continue.

North Yorkshire Police and Cleveland Police have thanked the public for the support shown to officers during the investigation and this week Whitby’s local officers added: “As police officers who work the Whitby area we would like to add our thanks to all the people who have phoned us with sightings and the general support we have been given as ever is wonderful.

“Our thanks go out especially to the people on West Cliff who have been patient with us during this difficult and emotional investigation.”

James Allen has been charged with the murder of Julie Davison and that of pensioner Colin Dunford from Middlesbrough just two days earlier.

Allen (36) appeared at Teesside Magistrates Court earlier this week via video link from Frankland Prison in Durham.

He faced unrelated allegations of burglary and possession of a class C drug.

He didn’t enter a plea and the matters were referred to Teesside Crown Court.