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Manhunt ongoing for suspected spree killer who allegedly stabbed his sister and mother

Jed Allen
Jed Allen

The hunt for a man suspected of stabbing to death his six-year-old sister, their mother and her partner, is entering its second day.

Armed police officers have been scouring Didcot, Oxfordshire, and its surrounding areas, including Oxford University's Parks, for 21-year-old Jed Allen, who has a distinctive spider tattoo on his left hand.

The bodies of Philip Howard, 44, Janet Jordon, 48, and daughter Derin were discovered in a house in Vicarage Road just after 8.20pm on Saturday, following a call from a member of the public.

Speaking at a press briefing, Detective Superintendent Chris Ward from Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit described the incident as a "tragic and sad event", offering his condolences to the family.

Allen is described as white and of large build. Mr Ward emphasised the need to find him as soon as possible.

As news of the tragedy began to spread, people could be seen visiting the scene and leaving floral tributes.

A yellow teddy bear was also placed just inside the cordon, and a hand-written tribute was attached to a bunch of flowers.

Part of it read: "To my best friend, my soul mate, Jan, Dezzy and my anorexic Phil and my gorgeous Jed.

"You are my family and always will be. I will miss you all each day ... You have all left a massive void in my heart which will never be filled.

"I love you all so much, Jan, Phil and my Dezzy Doo."

Ms Jordon's former landlady in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, revealed that a young Allen loved his mother, and although she loved him too, her real love was alcohol.

Jane Ilott, 68, who used to be Ms Jordon's landlady, said: "I didn't know Jed as a 6ft man, I know him as a little fella who was really struggling.

"He absolutely loved his mum and she him, but she didn't know. Drink was Jan's real love but she did love Jed."

Describing Ms Jordon as "beautiful" and "absolutely cracking", Ms Ilott said: "She shouldn't have been a mum, she wasn't a bad woman, she just was an alcoholic."

The pensioner explained that her 48-year-old former tenant was not the kind of person that you got to know well and that she moved into one of her houses in Bicester before moving to Didcot.

Although Allen - who is known to police - is not considered a danger to the wider community, the public should not approach him and instead contact police.

Mr Ward said: "In relation to the search for the suspect, we are still carrying out a number of searches. Some of those searches are with armed officers, there is a very small number of armed officers who are assisting with that search.

"That's purely for the safety of the searching officers."

Officers received the tip-off at around 8.23pm and detectives are keen to hear from witnesses who may have been in the area of Vicarage Road at the time.

Sheila Welch, who lives in the same street, said that although she did not know the family , they always looked "happy" and were a "a lovely mother and a little girl".

As more than 100 police officers hunted for the suspect, Oxford University Parks - where Allen worked as a groundsman - were closed.

Post-mortem examinations of the victims are expected to continue today.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact police immediately via 101, quoting reference number 1370 (23/5).