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Jifeng Ding, his wife Helen and daughters Xing and Alice were found stabbed to death at their home in Northampton earlier this month

Jifeng Ding, his wife Helen and daughters Xing and Alice were found stabbed to death at their home in Northampton earlier this month

Jifeng Ding, his wife Helen and daughters Xing and Alice were found stabbed to death at their home in Northampton earlier this month

Police investigating the murder of a family of four have found a car which went missing from their home.

University lecturer Jifeng Ding, his wife Helen and their two daughters were found stabbed to death on May 1. It is believed they were murdered in their home on April 29 - the day of the royal wedding.

Police said that the family's Vauxhall Corsa hire car was found in north-west London after a call from a member of the public.

It is believed suspect Anxiang Du, 52, used the car as a getaway vehicle from the murder scene.

Speaking at a press conference, Detective Superintendent Glyn Timmins said: "One of the many lines of inquiry was for us to locate the vehicle in which we believe our main suspect, Anxiang Du, made his escape from the scene.

"At about 1.30pm yesterday, police in the Metropolitan district received a call from a member of the public.

"That call led us to a location in north-west London and at that location the car that we have been searching for, the Vauxhall Corsa, was found.

"It was found secure and officers from Northamptonshire went down to London and commenced inquiries with immediate effect with the co-operation of the Metropolitan Police." He said the car had been brought back to police headquarters, where it would be forensically examined.

Police later revealed the Corsa was found by a member of the public in Venables Street, St Johns Wood.

The force also said the car activated an ANPR - automatic number plate recognition - camera at the services on Junction 15a of the M1 on the day of the murder, but for technical reasons the information only became available almost a week later on May 5.

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