Suspected double murder, James Allen
A man being hunted by police after he was suspected of killing two people in their own homes has been arrested.
James Allen, 36, was arrested in south Leeds at 07:20 BST and is being held on suspicion of murder, reports the BBC.
Colin Dunford, 81, was found dead in Middlesbrough on Monday and the body of Julie Davison, 50, was found in Whitby on Wednesday.
Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police had issued an urgent appeal to find Mr Allen following the killings.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "A 36-year-old man has been arrested in south Leeds at around 7.20am today on suspicion of murder in connection with both incidents and inquiries are ongoing.
"Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police would like to thank members of the public for their support in this matter."
Dunford, who was last seen alive at around 17:00 BST on Sunday, had suffered serious head injuries as a result of a significant assault according to a post-mortem examination.
He was found dead at his terrace house in Leven Street, Middlesbrough, on Monday.
Detectives said there was no sign of forced entry at the house.
Ms Davison, who lived alone, was found dead by her sister at her rented flat in Church Square, in Whitby, on Wednesday.
She had also suffered serious head injuries, police said.