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MURDER DETECTIVES GIVEN MORE TIME TO QUIZ ALLEN; Further detention granted as victim's family speaks.


DETECTIVES were today continuing to quiz suspect James Allen on Teesside in connection with the killings of two people.

Officers investigating the murders of Colin Dunford and Julie Davison were yesterday granted more time to question the 36-year-old.

It allows them to keep Allen in police custody in Middlesbrough for further questioning in relation to the man and woman's death and an alleged sexual assault.

Police obtained a warrant of further detention from Teesside Magistrates' Court but would not say how much more time they had been given to question him earlier today.

Allen was arrested in south Leeds on Sunday morning after a major search involving three police forces.

It followed the discovery of Mr Dunford, 81, who was found battered to death in his home on Leven Street, Middlesbrough, on Monday, April 23.

Two days later 50-year-old Julie Davison was found dead by her sister in her flat in Church Square.

Ms Davison's family paid an emotional tribute.

A statement said: "We are devastated by the sad loss of our lovely 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."

Officers are asking members of the public who find any discarded clothing or footwear in the Whitby and Scarborough area to contact them.

They are also asking the public to check outbuildings and bins for signs of anyone living rough and for any discarded clothing or personal items.

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 in Whitby, 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.

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

"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."

Anyone with any other information that could help the investigation, can contact Cleveland Police via 101 or give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

MURDERED: Colin Dunford and Julie Davison, above, and our front page stories, below, as we reported on the hunt for James Allen


SUSPECT: James Allen, right, who is being questioned in connection with the killings of two people
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 1, 2012
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