Tyne & Wear

More time to quiz Judith Richardson murder suspect Graeme Jarman

Judith Richardson
Image caption Judith Richardson suffered a 'brutal attack' according to police

Police have been given more time to question a man over the murder of a Northumberland pensioner.

Graeme Jarman, 47, was arrested in a library in North Yorkshire on Saturday.

He had been at the centre of a nationwide manhunt by officers investigating the murder of Judith Richardson, 77, in Hexham on 19 August.

Newcastle magistrates granted an application from Northumbria Police to detain Mr Jarman, from Consett, County Durham, until noon on Tuesday.

Police arrested Mr Jarman in a library in Filey following a tip-off by staff.

He went missing shortly before Miss Richardson's battered body was found in her St Wilfrid's Road home.

Police were alerted when her handbag was found dumped in a waste bin in Newcastle city centre.

A hammer, identified by police as the murder weapon, was found in an Aldi bag close to Miss Richardson's home.

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