Police are investigating reported sightings of double murder suspect James Allen in Leeds.

A major manhunt is continuing for the 35-year-old fugitive who is wanted in connection with the murder of Colin Dunford, 81, in Middlesbrough, on Monday, and Julie Davison, 50, in Whitby, on Wednesday.

Sightings in both the Cleveland and North Yorkshire force areas continue to be reported to police as well as potential sightings in the Harehills area of Leeds on Thursday evening and Friday.

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Detectives also believe that Allen, who was living in Lothian Road, Middlesbrough, may try to alter his appearance by growing his hair.

Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Lang, who is overseeing both murder investigations, said today: “We are investigating a number of sightings in both force areas that have been reported to us, including sightings in the Harehills area of Leeds, and I would repeat our message in urging members of the public if you see James Allen to call 999 immediately.

Yesterday armed police raided houses in the Pallister Park Area of Middlesbrough as the search extended to Scarborough after it was confirmed Allen had stayed at the Allerton Croft Hotel in the resort's West Square on Wednesday night.

Det Chief Supt Lang added: “This operation continues on a 24/7 basis and it will do until we trace and arrest James Allen.

“Someone must know where he is. He will have confided in someone and I would appeal to that person to come forward and get in touch with us.

“Two innocent people have lost their lives and it is absolutely vital that we catch James Allen as soon as possible.

“If you know where he is now, call us. James, if you are reading this, give yourself up, it is only a matter of time before we find you.”

Anyone with information about either murder is asked to contact 101 and ask for Cleveland Police.