Have you seen this man?
British national Anxiang Du is wanted in connection with the brutal murder of Mr and Mrs Ding and their two teenage daughters in their home in Northamptonshire in 2011. Today, inMadrid, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Davies from Northamptonshire Police called on citizens to assist Crimestoppers and Law Enforcement agencies in the search for Anxiang Du who is believed to be hiding in northernMorocco, having travelled there from southernSpain.
On Friday 29 April 2011, Jifeng ‘Jeff’ Ding, his wife Ge ‘Helen’ Chui and their two daughters Xing 18 years old andAlice12 years old were brutally murdered in the home inNorthampton. The suspected murderer Anxiang Du, 53 fromCoventrywas declared the only suspect soon after the discovery of the murders and has since evaded capture.
At a press conference in the British Embassy inMadrid, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Davies, leading the investigation, said:
“We acknowledged at an early stage that Anxiang Du had the opportunity to leave theUKsoon after the murders, in the 3 to 4 day period before he was declared a suspect.
We now know that Anxiang Du left theUKsoon after the homicides and travelled fromVictoriabus station,Londonon a bus to Paris, Gallieni. After this he travelled throughFranceintoSpain(again probably by using public transport). His final known journey was toAlgecirasinSpainwhere he caught a ferry toTangier,Morocco.
We believe that having made his way toMorocco, Mr Du may still be in the Tangier area. As a fugitive, he may take any opportunity to flee, using the routes or countries he is familiar with. We know that Du has previously spent time inSpainand is comfortable in the country.
We have been working with the police and law enforcement agencies inSpainandMoroccoand they are in possession of the required extradition papers, should Mr Du be located and arrested. This should mean that he can then be brought back to theUKto stand trial.
We have also been working with and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Interpol and CPS International to ensure we have the support of the International Law Enforcement Agencies who are currently focused on locating Anxiang Du.
I would like to thank Spanish and Moroccan law enforcement authorities for their support and collaboration in the operation to locate and detain Mr Du. We are now asking members of the public who are or will be using the ferries from Algeciras to Tangier during the Campaña del Paso de Estrecho to be aware of our manhunt, together with up to £25,000 reward available in the UK for information leading to his arrest and conviction. We would ask members of the public to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 900 555 111 fromSpain, so that we can bring justice to the families of the victims. Alternatively people can also contact their local police if they have any information.”
On Sunday 25 March, three UK Police officers travelled toChinawith the aim of speaking with associates of the suspect for any information they may have in identifying people who could have assisted Du in his escape. The trip toChinaalso afforded the force the opportunity to meet the family of the victims, update them on the investigation and pass on the force’s deepest sympathies for their loss, in person. Recent developments in the case saw the arrest of four people last week, on suspicion of conspiracy to assist an offender. They were all released on bail pending further enquiries.
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