A man wanted in connection with the murder of a woman in Whitby and a pensioner in Middlesbrough could be trying to change his appearance say police.
There have been several reported sightings of James Allen, the man police are on the hunt for, after Julie Davison was found dead in her own home in Church Square on Wednesday.
Members of the public up and down the coast have reported several sightings of him since the incident which has shocked the town.
Today (Saturday) officers from Cleveland Police believe he may be in Leeds after sightings in the Harehills area on Thursday and Friday and that he could be growing his hair in a bid to change his appearance.
Temporary Chief Superintendant Gordon Lang warned Allen “it is only a matter of time before we find you.”
He said: “We are investigating a number of sightings in both force areas that have been reported to us as well as sightings in the Harehills area of Leeds and I would repeat our message, if you see James Allen, call 999 immediatley.
“This operation continues on a 24/7 basis and it will until we trace and arrest James Allen.
“Someone knows where he is, he will have confided in someone and I would tell that person to come forward - two innocent people have lost their lives and it is absolutely vital that we catch James Allen as soon as possible.
“James if you are reading this, give yourself up, it is only a matter of time before we find you.”
Mr Lang thanked the public for their support and reiterated a previous warning to keep doors and windows locked.
He added: “The last thing we want is for him to commit another offence.”