THE MURDER of Julie Davison in Whitby on Wednesday has been linked to a killing which took place in Middlesbrough on Monday.
50-year-old Julie Davison was found dead at her home on Church Square in Whitby after suffering a “brutal” attack to her head, according to one police officer.
Cleveland Police have now linked the murder to the death of 81-year-old Colin Dunford.
They have also released an image of a man they wish to contact in connection with the murders.
Mr Dunford was found dead at this home on Leven Street in Middlesbrough at 10.50pm on Monday 23 April and a post mortem revealed he suffered serious head injuries as a result of a significant assault in his home.
Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Lang, Head of Crime Operations for Cleveland Police said: “We now believe the Middlesbrough murder is linked to the murder that took place in Whitby yesterday.
“Two brutal murders in the victims’ own homes.
“Anyone who can carry out such callous acts needs to be caught as a matter of urgency.”
Police urgently want to trace 35-year-old James Allen in connection with both murders.
Mr Allen is known to police and they are advising anyone who comes into contact with him, not to approach him but to call police immediately.
He is described 5 foot 7 tall, with a bald head and tattoos on both arms.
Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the murder of Mr Dunford.
Det Lang added: “We have over 100 officers working on the incident to trace Allen and we are focusing our efforts in the Cleveland and in the Whitby area of North Yorkshire area.
“Anyone who sees him or who knows where he is, we would ask them to contact 999 immediately.
“If you have other information that could help with either murder please contact Cleveland Police via 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”