Publican’s call to police over hunt for murder suspect

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ONE of around 70 calls made to police regarding the search for the suspected murderer of a Northumberland pensioner was made by a pub proprietor in Denholm.

As the man-hunt for Graeme Jarman continues in connection with the murder of 77-year-old Judith Richardson in Hexham, Cross Keys Inn landlord Dave Bennett has spoken of the moment he became convinced he had served him.

“A guy was in the pub on Sunday that looked very similar to the man on the news,” said Mr Bennett. “He was an obvious stranger and just sat and had a few vodkas.

“But I didn’t think anything of it until the next day when we saw a picture on the television that we agreed it had looked really like him. We phoned the police but never heard any more, so I’m not sure if anything came of it.”

Northumbria police are leading the search for Mr Jarman who went missing from his County Durham home shortly before Miss Richardson was found dead at her home. She had been the victim of a “brutal” hammer attack.

Northumbria police chief Neil Adamson said: “We have had more than 70 calls about potential sightings of this man and are following up all enquiries.”

Police have described Mr Jarman as a risk to the public and have urged people not to approach him.