THE family of Julie Davison, who was murdered in Whitby last Wednesday, has spoken out for the first time about her tragic death.
50-year-old Ms Davison lived alone at her Church Square flat but was discovered on Wednesday afternoon by her sister.
The mother-of-one had sustained a brutal attack to the head and a statement from the family said: “We are devastated by the sad loss of our Julie.
“She was one of the kindest people you could ever wish to know and went out of her way to help others.
“She did not deserve to die in such terrible circumstances.
“We are so very sad that her hopes of building a new life back in her home town of Whitby ended so tragically.
“We would like to thank everyone who has sent us messages of support during this traumatic time.”
On what was his 36th birthday James Allen was arrested on Sunday by police in connection with the murder.
His arrest was the result of a nationwide manhunt that began following the murder of 81-year-old Colin Dunford at his home in Leven Street, Middlesbrough on Monday.
It emerged that Mr Allen had been a neighbour of Mr Dunford for a period last year, but no tangible link between Ms Davison and the man suspected of her murder has yet been uncovered.
North Yorkshire Police is continuing to appeal for information in connection with the murders and officers are asking members of the public who find any discarded clothing or footwear to contact them immediately.
Detective chief inspector Steve Smith, who is leading the North Yorkshire Police investigation, said: “As we continue the inquiry into the murder of Julie Davison we are appealing to members of the public in the area to check their bins, gardens and outbuildings for any discarded personal items including footwear and clothing and for signs of anyone living rough.
“Anyone who does find any items or believes someone has been living rough on or near their property, the advice is not to touch or disturb them.
“Just leave them in place and call Cleveland Police immediately on 101.
“It is vital to our investigation that we piece together the suspect’s movements over the past week, I am therefore reiterating the appeal for anyone who believes they have seen the suspect as he travelled across the region to contact us if they have not already done so.”