CCTV footage released of triple-stab suspect in family killing

CCTV footage of Allen after the murder
CCTV footage of Allen after the murder

New CCTV footage showing a man suspected of stabbing to death his six-year-old sister, their mother and her partner, was released by police today.

Jed Allen, 21, a fan of the blade-wielding X-Men comic-book antihero Wolverine, is shown in WH Smith at Oxford railway station just before 6pm on Saturday, Thames Valley Police said.

Armed police officers are scouring Didcot, Oxfordshire, and its surrounding areas, after 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.

More than 100 officers are also searching Oxford University Parks where Allen worked as a groundsman.

Police also revealed they have found what they believe is the murder weapon at the crime scene.

Detective Superintendent Chris Ward, the head of Thames Valley Police's major crime unit, said they believe Jed arrived in Oxford by train from Didcot at 5.45pm on Saturday.

Det Supt Ward said: "Jed is wearing a red or maroon shirt, a dark hooded jacket with a white trim on the zip, blue jeans and black shoes.

"After visiting WH Smith, we believe that Jed then walked to Oxford University Parks."

He added: "Our search of Oxford University Parks continues today with more than 100 officers involved, including national specialist search officers who have now joined the search.

"I can confirm that what we believe to be the murder weapon was found at the scene of the murder in Vicarage Road, Didcot."

He continued: "If anyone is harbouring Jed Allen then you need to know that this is a serious offence and we would ask you to contact us immediately."

The new images came as Derin's young friends struggled to come to terms with her killing.

Parents with their young children flocked to All Saints primary school in Didcot, where she was a Year One pupil, to leave flowers and teddy bears.

Some could be seen crying outside the gates, visibly distraught at such terrible news.

A community centre next to the school was opened to give local people a place where they could grieve together.

John Myers, the headteacher of All Saints, said the reaction had been "devastation, shock, sadness".

"It's just a combination of so many emotions, it's such a terrible tragedy," Mr Myers said.

"Anybody's life is precious and to lose parents and particularly a young girl in such a dreadful manner is truly awful."

Mr Myers described Derin as "beautiful, gentle, quiet, smiley, happy, precious, a lovely girl".

The headteacher said there had been no indication of trouble in the family home, adding: "They were a perfectly normal, happy family."

Explaining the decision to open up the community centre, Mr Myers said: "We have teachers who have been away on holiday who have driven through the night to be here.

"You just try to support and give people a place to go to.

"We have a little prayer corner inside and music and the children write down their memories and we have candles burning."

Although Allen - who was previously known to police - is not considered a danger to the wider community, the public was warned yesterday not to approach him and instead contact the authorities.

He has a distinctive spider tattoo on his left hand and is described as white and of large build.