North Yorkshire: Suspect Arrested Over Northumbria Pensioner’s Murder

4 Sep

Video: Suspect In Pensioner Murder Arrested

A nationwide murder hunt has ended with the arrest of suspect Graeme Jarman, who was wanted in connection with the killing of pensioner Judith Richardson.

Jarman, 47, was arrested after staff at a library in Filey, on the North Yorkshire coast, called police at 3pm on Saturday to say they believed they had seen him.

He had been named as a suspect by Northumbria Police after the body of 77-year-old Miss Richardson was found in her home in Hexham, Northumberland, just over two weeks ago.

Officers, who went to her house after her handbag was found in a bin in central Newcastle, discovered she had been killed with hammer blows to the head.

Detectives described Jarman as a significant risk to the public and asked people to be vigilant, warning that he frequented bookmakers, charity shops and libraries.

They issued a series of CCTV pictures of Jarman, but despite hundreds of calls from members of the public, there had been no confirmed sightings of him since he talked to a bus driver in Stockton-on-Tees on Friday, August 26.

Senior investigating officer Chief Superintendent Neil Adamson, of Northumbria Police, thanked the public, other police forces and journalists for their help.

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