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ANXIANG DU, the man being hunted for the brutal murder of a family-of-four has now been listed as the most wanted man in the UK.
Mr Du is being sought by police on suspicion of stabbing to death Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer Jifeng ‘Jeff’ Ding, his wife Helen Chui and their two popular children Xing, 18, and Alice, 12, at their home in Pioneer Close, Simpson Manor, Northants, on Friday April 29 – the day of the Royal Wedding.
The family’s bodies were discovered on the following Sunday, after neighbours raised concerns about them failing to attend engagements.
The Chinese businessman, who police believe travelled from his home in Coventry, via his shop in Birmingham, to Northampton, has now been listed on the Crimestoppers website as the most wanted man in the UK.
A mugshot of Mr Du has been uploaded onto the website, along with a description of the 52-year-old and a rundown of the shocking killings he is accused of clinically carrying out.
A spokesman for Crimestoppers yesterday said anyone who gave information to the charity that leads to a successful arrest and conviction of the killer could be in line for a cash reward.
It follows a manhunt by local police, which has included officers staging reconstructions of Du’s last known movements, resulting in 200 eyewitness reports being received.
Meanwhile, police said they have now been able to trace family members of the Dings in China and America following their horrific killings.
They are not believed to have other family in the UK.
The family are thought to have been targeted by Mr Du after a bitter fall-out over a number of businesses they ran together.
Mr Du and Helen Chui, who was also a part-time Mandarin tutor at Caroline Chisholm School, Wooton, Northants, had run a Chinese herbal shop together in St Peter’s Walk, off Gold Street, in Northampton, and in Birmingham, where police found a note from Mr Du saying “goodbye” to his family before the Dings were killed.
A police spokesman yesterday said officers were in contact with relatives of the Dings through the Chinese embassy.
Officers meanwhile were yesterday still trying to trace a silver Vauxhall Corsa, thought to have been used by Mr Du to flee the scene.