POSTERS have gone up across Hartlepool as murder squad detectives continue their hunt for Britain’s most wanted man.
Convicted rapist Graeme Jarman, 47, is wanted in connection with the murder of Judith Richardson, 77, from Hexham in Northumberland.
Northumbria Police, which is leading the manhunt, has issued posters to be displayed across the country and also in airports and ports in an attempt to track down Jarman.
Investigations have led to officers seeing Jarman on CCTV from a bus stop in Stockton on August 26, from a supermarket in Yarm on August 24 and at a bookmakers in Saltburn, east Cleveland two days earlier.
Mrs Richardson’s body was found at her home on August 19 by police who had gone to her address to return a handbag which had been found dumped in a waste bin in Newcastle city centre.
Detective Chief Inspector Derek Carter from Cleveland Police said: “People across Cleveland will see the thousands of posters we have distributed with his image, which we are updating on websites as soon as confirmed CCTV images come in.
“I appreciate that the people of Cleveland will be concerned that the last confirmed sighting of him was in our area, but I want to reassure them that we are using all the expertise and tools at our disposal in order to locate him.”
Jarman, a former civil servant, has spent time in jail for kidnap, rape, armed robbery and indecent assault.
He was jailed in 1988 for the kidnap and rape of a 17-year-old girl he abducted and locked in his car.
After his release in 1991, he committed further crimes and was released from jail most recently in 2008.
Northumbria Police Det Chief Superintendant Neil Adamson, who is leading the manhunt, said: “He should not be approached by the public as it is believed he could be a risk to himself and others.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043043 or (0191) 375 2176.