Manhunt to trace South Yorkshire murder suspect

John Heald.
John Heald.
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A manhunt has been launched to trace a suspect wanted in connection with the murder of a woman at a guest house.

Anyone who sees John Heald, from South Yorkshire, should not approach him but contact 999 immediately, police have said.

Detectives launched a murder probe following the death of a woman at a bed and breakfast in Bridlington just before midnight last night.

It is believed Heald, aged 53, had been staying at the guest house but has since left. Police now want to speak to him in connection with the death.

Det Chf Insp Matt Baldwin, of Humberside Police said: “It is imperative that we locate John Heald as soon as possible and I would appeal to him to make contact with us urgently.

“If anyone has been contacted by Mr Heald or knows anything about his whereabouts, I would ask them to do the right thing, do not be swayed by a misguided sense of loyalty, ring the police now.

“I am appealing particularly to people such as taxi drivers, hitchhikers, those using buses or trains as I believe he may well have tried to leave the area and could now be well away from East Yorkshire.”

Heald is white, slim with short, grey hair. He was last seen wearing smart jeans and had a distinctive diamond stud in his right ear.

The victim, a 49-year-old from Bridlington, was found critically injured at the guest house in Marshall Avenue and was pronounced dead at the scene. She is yet to be identified.