Double murder suspect: James Allen faces further 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 on suspicion of killing two people in separate attacks.

James Allen, 36, was arrested in Leeds on Sunday after he was spotted by an off-duty police officer.

He is being held in connection with the murders of Julie Davison, 50, of Whitby, and Colin Dunford, 81, of Middlesbrough.

Cleveland Police said it had obtained a warrant of further detention, but did not say for how long.

Meanwhile tributes have been paid to both victims.

Ms Davison who lived alone, was found dead in North Yorkshire on 23 April. A statement from her family 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.

"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."

Friends of Mr Dunford also paid tribute.

Discarded clothes

A statement released by police said: "He was a true gentleman, he was a caring man and a good friend. He will be sadly missed."

Mr Allen was arrested on Sunday after a search involving three police forces.

Image caption Mr Allen was arrested in Leeds on Sunday

On Monday, police called on members of the public finding discarded clothing or footwear in the Whitby and Scarborough areas to get in touch.

Mr Dunford, was found at his house Leven Street, Middlesbrough, on 23 April. He died of head injuries, Cleveland Police said.

Ms Davison was found by her sister at her rented flat in Church Square, in Whitby. She had also suffered head injuries.

Mr Allen, who is originally from Blackpool, is believed to have known Mr Dunford when he lived next door to him, but he is not believed to have known Ms Davison.

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