Hunt for killer Anxiang Du: Timeline

Businessman Anxiang Du has been convicted of four counts of murder after stabbing to death a family in revenge for losing a 10-year court battle. The jury took just over three hours to unanimously convict him following a two-week trial at Northampton Crown Court. Du had denied the murders.

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29 April 2011

Image caption 29 April 2011: Anxiang Du is caught on CCTV at Birmingham New Street station
  • 10:44 Anxiang Du takes a train from Coventry to Birmingham. He leaves a farewell letter to his family then catches a train to Northampton.
  • 12:35 Du arrives in Northampton and walks to the bus station, where he catches the Number 14 to Wootton.
Image caption Du (wearing a white cap and jacket) is captured again later that day arriving at Northampton station
  • 13:35 Du speaks to the driver and is pointed in the direction of the Wootton Fields estate.
Image caption Du is then seen on CCTV footage speaking to a bus driver in Northampton
  • 15:32 The Ding family are killed at their home. The Dings' daughters Alice and Xing are heard screaming in a 999 call. Police trace it to a neighbouring estate and fail to investigate further. The Independent Police Complaints Commission will later say the call was "mishandled".
Image caption Jifeng "Jeff" Ding, Ge "Helen" Chui, and daughters Xing and Alice were killed at their Northampton home
  • 21:43 Having stolen the Dings' Vauxhall Corsa, Du stops at services on J15a of the M1 at Northampton and buys a map of Northamptonshire and a banana milkshake. He tries to find a former business associate, Paul Delaney, but he is not at home.

30 April 2011

  • Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras fail to detect the Dings' Corsa as it enters London. This later hampers the police investigation.
  • Du leaves the Corsa in Venables Street, St John's Wood. It would remain there for another 11 days, amassing nine parking tickets, despite appeals from police.
  • 07:07 Du buys a one-way coach ticket to Paris with £61 cash and his own passport.
  • At some point on 30 April, Du's wife reports him as missing.

1 May 2011

  • 08:00 Police call at the house about Du being missing, but leave after getting no response. They are unaware four bodies lay inside.
  • 18:15 A neighbour discovers the bodies and calls police.

4 May 2011

Image caption Anxiang Du was arrested more than a year later after being recognised in Morocco
  • Du is named as the chief suspect by Northamptonshire Police, who believe he is "off the radar" and could be anywhere in the UK.
  • Meanwhile, he is arrested by Moroccan police on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant. He is released after giving false details.

7 July 2012

  • A building site worker in Tangier, Morocco, recognises a photograph of Du in a newspaper as the dishevelled man working as a night watchman.
  • Du, the UK's most wanted man, is arrested.