Bridlington hotel manhunt: Landlady Bei Carter was 'stabbed'

Bei Carter Image copyright Humberside Police
Image caption Landlady Bei Carter was found dead on Friday

A guest house landlady found dead in one of her rooms died from a single stab wound to the chest, police said.

The body of Bei Carter, 49, was found on Friday night at the Morayland Guest House on Marshall Avenue, Bridlington.

John Heald, 53, from Rotherham, who was staying at the property, is wanted in connection with her murder.

He is also wanted over another offence in Sheffield on 13 July and more than 150 police, including armed officers, are involved in the hunt for him.

Police said there had been a number of reported sightings of him in Rotherham, Wath-upon-Dearne, Mexborough and Doncaster where he had lived for most of his life.

Ch Supt Jason Harwin, of South Yorkshire Police, said he had no information to suggest Mr Heald was armed with a gun, despite specialist armed officers being involved in the operation.

"We've got additional officers out on patrol at the moment and they are working with local people to help them understand what's happening," he said.

A £5,000 reward has been offered by charity Crimestoppers for information leading to his arrest and an appeal has been broadcast on the BBC Crimewatch programme.

'Shocked and outraged'

Det Ch Insp Matthew Baldwin, from Humberside Police, said he did not believe Mr Heald knew Ms Carter.

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Image caption Police have warned the public not to approach John Heald

He said her family was "shocked and outraged" by what had happened.

"The family have only lived in Bridlington for a short period of time, having returned to the country from China over two years ago.

"They've found a guest house and been happy there. They've become members of the community.

"This has not only had a huge effect on the family but also on the community of guest house owners in Bridlington.

"The sooner we find John Heald the easier it will be for them."

Humberside Police held a press conference in Bridlington on Monday where Mr Baldwin issued a direct appeal to Mr Heald asking him to "do the right thing and hand yourself in".

He is thought to be sleeping rough or staying with friends.

People have been warned not to approach Mr Heald as police consider him "a dangerous man".

Image caption Flowers were laid for Ms Carter outside Morayland Guest House on Marshall Street, Bridlington

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