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CHINA TOWN HUNT FOR MURDER SUSPECT.

Byline: Emma Stone

DETECTIVES hunting Coventry man Anxiang Du have taken to the streets of London's China Town in the hunt for their prime suspect.

Officers from Northamptonshire Police descended on the capital to search the bustling neighbourhood, which has been identified as a place where Du may be hiding out.

Police spent the day meeting community leaders and handing out leaflets to passers-by and local businesses.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police and the Metropolitan Police Chinese Unit assisted the operation.

Police wanted to take advantage of the increased number of visitors to China Town and the surrounding areas that comes with the start of a festival period in the Chinese calendar. Du was named a suspect by detectives investigating the murders of university lecturer Jifeng Ding, his wife Helen and their two young daughters Xing and Alice. It's alleged the 52-year-old, of Witnell Road, Daimler Green, killed the family at their Northamptonshire home on April 29.

The four bodies were discovered by concerned neighbours two days later.

A car hired by the Ding family is believed to have been taken by Du to flee the scene. It was later recovered in London.

The family is thought to have been targeted by Du after a bitter fall-out over a number of businesses they ran together.

Detective Superintendent Glyn Timmins said: "My officers spent the day in London speaking to Chinese people going about their business, and in shops and restaurants in the China Town area.

"Officers have made some useful contacts in the community and I was pleased to hear the levels of support we got from local people.

"I am really hopeful that by forging these links we might generate some information which could be vital to our inquiry."

Other members of the investigation team are continuing to follow up sightings of Du, none of which have yet proved to be the missing suspect.

Hours of CCTV are also being reviewed in a bid to discover Du's movements following his arrival in London in the early hours of Saturday April 31.

With the last confirmed sighting of Du in London, officers are focusing efforts there. However, anyone who recollects seeing the suspect in the Northampton area that afternoon are still being asked to contact the incident team on 0800 096 1011. Members of the public are advised to call 999 if they see Mr Du, and not to approach him.

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WANTED: Anxiang Du and (below) Jifeng Ding, his wife Helen and daughters Xing and Alice. Also below, a Chinese festival in London's China Town
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