Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Double Murderer Who Left a Trail of Fear across Three Counties. on Day Five of Our Series , SOPHIE BARLEY Look at James Allen's Brutal Double Murder Last Year Which Led to One of Cleveland Police's Most Costly Manhunts

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Double Murderer Who Left a Trail of Fear across Three Counties. on Day Five of Our Series , SOPHIE BARLEY Look at James Allen's Brutal Double Murder Last Year Which Led to One of Cleveland Police's Most Costly Manhunts

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SELF?CONFESSED "bad guy" James Allen left Teesside in a state of fear when he fled after committing two horrific murders.

He spent seven days on the run in April last year, leading to one of Teesside's most expensive manhunts - spanning three counties.

Allen, 36, brutally murdered Colin Dunford, from Middlesbrough, and Julie Davison, from Whitby, in two separate attacks.

And the evil killer has never shown any remorse.

The hunt for the killer cost Cleveland Police PS250,567.

Mr Dunford was Allen's first victim on April 22 last year.

police tell Allen: More details of The 81-yearold, Allen's former neighbour, was a "creature of habit" and every afternoon he walked from his THE REPORTS, CLOSING home in Leven Street to the Sainsbury's store in Wilson Street and then every evening he went to Samuelsons Workingmans Club, in Parliament Road, Middlesbrough. When he failed to turn up at the club on April 23, his friends became concerned.

They went to his house and found him dead. He had suffered multiple face and head injuries.

Police immediately launched a murder investigation.

Officers identified Allen, of Lothian Road, Middlesbrough, as a suspect on Wednesday, April 25, after receiving information from a member of the public who suggested he may be responsible Allen's whereabouts were unknown and police started piecing together his movements.

Allen, knowing the police were on to him, went on the run.

Turn yourself in murder suspect Desperate, he rode a stolen bicycle from Middlesbrough to Whitby on April 23. He then went on to Scarborough where he spent the night.

NET IS The next day, April 24, he visited Cash Generators in Scarborough town centre where he sold a ring, believed to have been stolen, for which he received PS20.

2 & 3 IN Hungry and tired, Allen then returned to Whitby where he spent the afternoon and evening visiting bed and breakfasts and hostels. …

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