Manhunt for murder suspect

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NORTH East detectives have joined the manhunt for a murder suspect.

Northumbria and Durham police have teamed up to track down violent sex offender Graeme Jarman, pictured, who is on the run after being named as the prime suspect in the murder of Hexham pensioner Judith Richardson.

Jarman, described as a “risk to the public”, went missing from his Consett home two days before the 77-year-old was found bludgeoned to death with a hammer in her home on August 19.

Detective Chief Superintendent Neil Adamson, head of crime at Northumbria Police, said: ““We advise people not to approach him, but anyone who sees him or believes they know where he is should contact us immediately.”

Det Chief Supt Jane Spraggon, head of crime at Durham police, added: “Jarman is one of our dangerous offenders who poses a significant risk to the public.”

Jarman, 47, was spotted in Stockton town centre on Friday sporting a shaved head.

Miss Richardson was discovered by officers who were returning her stolen handbag, which was found stuffed in a bin in Newcastle city centre.

Anyone with information should phone the police on 03456 043 043.