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Bridlington landlady murder: John Heald reward doubled

John Heald Image copyright Humberside Police
Image caption John Heald, 53, from Rotherham, is wanted in connection with the death of Bei Carter

Police hunting for a man wanted over the fatal stabbing of a guest house landlady have doubled their reward for information leading to his arrest.

John Heald is wanted on suspicion of murdering of Bei Carter, 49, who was found dead at the Morayland Guest House, in Bridlington, on 18 July.

South Yorkshire Police said the reward for information had risen to £10,000.

Mr Heald, 53, from Rotherham, is also wanted for a serious sexual offence in Sheffield on 13 July.

Police said Ms Carter died from a single stab wound to the chest.

Ch Supt Jason Harwin said: "It's important that we locate John and we are trying to encourage people to report where they believe he is at the moment.

"He is wanted on suspicion of murder. There's a family that are grieving as a result of the incident that occurred a week ago and clearly it's important we locate him and deal with him appropriately, as soon as we can."

Image caption South Yorkshire Police have hired a 20m (65ft) digital display van in a bid to locate Mr Heald

He said police had received almost 250 calls from the public and urged anyone who may have seen Mr Heald or be with him, to make contact.

South Yorkshire Police has hired a 20m (65ft) long digital display van which will be travelling around the area where potential sightings have taken place.

Humberside Police said Mr Heald checked in at the guest house on 17 July.

It is thought he travelled back to South Yorkshire. More than 150 police officers are involved in the search for him in the Rotherham area.

On Thursday, police released a CCTV image of Mr Heald in B&M Bargains in Mexborough on 19 July, at 16:15 BST.

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