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Police hunting double murder suspect make arrest

Will Taylor
·News Reporter
·1-min read
Anthony Russell is being searched for by police. (West Midlands Police)
Anthony Russell is being searched for by police. (West Midlands Police)

Police searching for a suspected double murderer have made an arrest in Staffordshire.

Officers launched a murder investigation after the bodies of Julia Williams and her son David were found in separate flats in Coventry this week.

A woman’s body was found in woodland near Leamington on Thursday, which officers have linked to the deaths of the mother and son.

The third victim has now been formally identified at Nichola McGregor, 31, from Leamington.

West Midlands Police asked for help on Thursday in searching for Anthony Russell, 38, in connection with the deaths.

Police said the person they arrested was taken in after they came across a car in a country lane in the village of Rolleston-on-Dove, near Burton, at about 4am on Friday.

He has been arrested on suspicion of murder and robbery in relation to a car theft and will be questioned today.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Payne said: “The deaths of three people in the Midlands region this week have been shocking and devastating for the families involved.

“Our thoughts remain with them as they come to terms with the tragic circumstances of their deaths.

“We are grateful to everyone who has assisted with our appeals for information, but although we have a suspect in custody, our investigation must now establish exactly what has happened.”