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14/01/2018 14:51 GMT | Updated 15/01/2018 04:59 GMT

Crossbow Killer Suspect Found Dead In Rural North Yorkshire

Anthony Lawrence wanted after man murdered and woman injured.

Police hunting for a man suspected of murdering a neighbour in a crossbow attack have found a body.

Humberside Police said they believed they have found 56-year-old Anthony Lawrence in a vehicle in a rural location in North Yorkshire at around 6pm on Sunday.

He had been subject of a manhunt after 30-year-old Shane Gilmer was killed and his pregnant girlfriend was attacked at their home in the village of  Southburn, near Driffield on Friday night.

Gilmer, who was a well-liked member of his community and known for helping others according to reports, died at Hull Royal Infirmary on Saturday.

Sugden’s injuries were not life-threatening and that she and her unborn baby were in a stable condition.

Humberside Police
Anthony Lawrence was said to be a neighbour of murdered Shane Gilmer.

Detective Chief Inspector Stewart Miller of Humberside Police said: “Since Friday evening we have been carrying out extensive enquiries into Mr Lawrence’s whereabouts, which led to the location in North Yorkshire, upon where officers discovered a body.”

Earlier, Detective Chief Superintendent Judi Heaton told a news conference that the public should not approach Lawrence, also known as Tony Howarth.

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Shane Gilmer.
(PA Graphics)
(PA Graphics)

The small village of Southburn was on lockdown during the manhunt, which saw officers scour local woodland.

Officers had appealed for help in tracing the suspect and issued a description and later thanked the public for helping to locate Lawrence’s blue Vauxhall Meriva.

A crossbow was found at the scene of the attack and it was due to be forensically examined.

Police would not comment on what sparked the murderous attack.

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