Police are closing in on a man suspected of murdering the landlady of a guest house in East Yorkshire.

Bei Cater, 49, was found dead on Friday (18 July) night at the Morayland Hotel in Bridlington.

Detectives have identified the key suspect in the murder as 53-year-old John Heald from South Yorkshire.

Police believe he may be sleeping rough and warned any friends he approaches for help not to assist him.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Baldwin, of Humberside Police, said: "John Heald has managed to evade the police so far, but we are closing in on him and will not relent until we have found him.

"I believe he is a very dangerous individual and it is an absolute priority to track him down.

Murdered Landlady
Bei Carter was found dead at the Morayland Hotel in Bridlington.

"I strongly suspect he has headed back to South Yorkshire where he originates from and he may have approached friends for help in providing him with shelter.

"My message to them is very clear; this is a dangerous man, the police need to find him as a matter of urgency and if he contacts you, ring the police immediately. Do not assist him in avoiding the police.

"It may also be that Mr Heald is sleeping rough and so once again I would ask for the public to remain vigilant and anyone who thinks they see him should not approach him but contact the police straight away."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Incident Team at Humberside Police on 01377 208989 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.