Over 200 possible sightings of murder suspect reported to police in South Yorkshire

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Police officers searching for an on-the-run murder suspect in South Yorkshire have received more than 200 calls about potential sightings of him.

John Heald, aged 53, from Rotherham, is wanted over the murder of Bridlington B&B landlady Bei Carter, who was stabbed to death.

Murder suspect John Heald

Murder suspect John Heald

He is also wanted by police over a serious sexual assault committed in Sheffield.

Officers are following up the tip-offs about his possible whereabouts and have been focusing on Mexborough, Wath-upon-Dearne, Swinton and Corton Wood.

Over 150 officers, including armed police, are involved in the search.

A reward of up to £5,000 has been offered by the charity Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest of Heald.

His disappearance was also featured on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme on Tuesday.

Mr Heald is 5ft 11ins tall, slim, with blue eyes and short, mousey brown hair. His right ear is pierced and he has tattoos on his hands and arms.

He has dots tattooed on the knuckles of both hands as well as a horse on his left hand and a mermaid and an eagle on his right arm.

Rotherham’s District Commander, Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, said: “We would like to thank the public for their continued support and for contacting us with information.

“We have had more than 200 calls about potential sightings. Many of those have been eliminated but others are lines of enquiry we are following including some following the Crimewatch appeal.

“I would like to remind the public there is a reward of up to £5,000 for information that leads to his arrest and I would appeal to anyone who has any information as to his whereabouts to get in touch.

“There is still no suggestion to say he has left South Yorkshire so we continue to have a large number of specialist officers from South Yorkshire and Humberside Police carrying out detailed searches.”

Anyone who spots him should dial 999 immediately.