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Witnesses contact police over Northampton family murder

A number of witnesses have contacted police who retraced the last journey of a businessman wanted in connection with the murders of a family of four.

University lecturer Jifeng Ding, his wife Helen and their two daughters were found stabbed to death at their home in Northampton last weekend.

Police have since named Anxiang Du, 52, as a suspect in their deaths.

Detectives said a number of potential witnesses have reported sightings of Mr Du last Friday, the day he disappeared.

Det Supt Glyn Timmins said: "On Friday we conducted live inquiries following the exact route we believe Mr Du took after he left his place and arrived in Northampton.

"We obtained a number of statements indicating sightings of Mr Du on the route we believe he took.

"I want to appeal again to members of the public and stress that any information we receive will be dealt with sensitively or confidentially through Crimestoppers.

"So far we have received over 200 reports relating to Mr Du and we will be following every one of these leads."

He said that so far there had been no confirmed reports of a silver five-door Vauxhall Corsa registration BG60 PMO, which is missing from the family's home.

Caught bus

CCTV images of Mr Du released earlier this week showed him arriving from Birmingham New Street station at platform four of Northampton's station.

Officers then travelled to Greyfriars bus station where Du is believed to have waited in bay 19, eventually getting on the number 15 bus.

The reconstruction ended when officers travelled into Wootton Village, to the bus stop where Du is believed to have got off.

Det Supt Timmins has previously said that Mr Du is known to have been in possession of a significant amount of cash at the time of the murders.

Mr Du, who lived in Coventry and worked at a herbal medicine shop in Birmingham, travelled to Northampton by train just a day after losing what has been described as a bitter court battle over his shared business interests with the Ding family.

He was reported missing by his own family on Friday after they discovered a note "saying goodbye" at the shop where he worked.

Chinese-born Mr Du is described as being of slim build and routinely wears a baseball cap.

Members of the public are being advised not to approach him and anyone who spots him or the Corsa is urged to call 999.

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