James Allen arrest: Police given more time for questioning

Julie Davison and Colin Dunford
Image caption Julie Davison and Colin Dunford both died from head injuries

Police have been granted more time to question a man arrested in connection with a double murder.

Detectives arrested James Allen, 36, in Leeds on Sunday morning after a search involving three police forces.

Mr Allen remains in police custody in Middlesbrough where he is being questioned about the murders of Colin Dunford, 81, in Middlesbrough and Julie Davison, 50, in Whitby.

Police did not say how much more time they had been given to question him.

On Monday, police called on members of the public who find any discarded clothing or footwear in the Whitby and Scarborough area to contact them.

Det Ch Insp Steve Smith, who is leading the North Yorkshire Police investigation, said: "As we continue the inquiry into the murder of Julie Davison in Whitby, we are appealing to members of the public in the area to check their bins, gardens and out-buildings for any discarded personal items including footwear and clothing, and for signs of anyone living rough.

Head injuries

"People out and about in the rural areas around Whitby and Scarborough are also asked to look out for any discarded clothing or footwear."

At a news conference on Sunday, Det Ch Supt Lang, of Cleveland Police, urged the public to check on friends and neighbours.

He told the news conference: "Please check on people - friends, relatives - and let's make sure everybody's OK."

Mr Allen was arrested after an off-duty officer saw a man fitting his description in south Leeds.

Officers are still trying to piece together his movements while he was on the run.

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Media captionDet Ch Supt Gordon Lang led the press conference

Mr Dunford, who was found dead at his terrace house in Leven Street, Middlesbrough, on Monday 23 April, suffered head injuries during an assault, according to a post-mortem examination.

Detectives said there was no sign of forced entry at the house.

Ms Davison, who lived alone, was found dead by her sister at her rented flat in Church Square, in Whitby, on Wednesday.

She had also suffered serious head injuries.

Mr Allen, who is originally from Blackpool, is believed to have known Mr Dunford when he lived next door to him in Leven Street about a year ago, but is not thought to have known Ms Davison.

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