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Murderer arrested after absconding

Published 25/04/2015

William Kerr has been arrested
William Kerr has been arrested

A convicted murderer whose disappearance sparked a nationwide police hunt has been arrested.

William Kerr absconded from a bail hostel in Hull a month ago after he was released from prison on licence in January.

The 53-year-old, who was jailed in 1998 for the murder of Maureen Comfort, was arrested in the street in the Waterloo area in south London.

He was apprehended at around 7pm on Friday after being spotted by detectives, North Yorkshire Police said.

His arrest came after a £5,000 reward was offered for information about his whereabouts on BBC's Crimewatch.

Detective Inspector Eamonn Clarke, of North Yorkshire Police, who led the search for Kerr, said: "Thanks to some information received following the Crimewatch appeal and some further information passed to Crimestoppers we were able to track Kerr to a specific area of London.

"The information was vital to the effort to trace Kerr as he indicated when he was arrested that he was about to leave the London area after seeing himself on Crimewatch. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people who came forward.

"I would also like to thank the Metropolitan Police for the assistance they have given us in our efforts to locate Kerr."

Ms Comfort's body was found in a cupboard in her flat in Leeds in January 1996. She had been strangled.

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