Brighton and Seaford links for "dangerous" convicted killer wanted in Hertfordshire murder investigation (From The Argus)
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Brighton and Seaford links for "dangerous" convicted killer wanted in Hertfordshire murder investigation
A manhunt for a convicted murderer wanted in connection with the stabbing of a Good Samaritan could centre on his old Sussex haunts.
Ian McLoughlin is being “urgently” sought by police in connection with the murder of a man in his 60s in Hertfordshire on Saturday.
Sussex Police have launched an appeal to find the 55-year-old who has a history of violent attacks on gay men and warned the public he is a “very dangerous man” who should not be approached.
McLoughlin was jailed for life in 1992 for the murder of Brighton barman Peter Halls in September 1990 and it is believed he still has contacts in Sussex, particularly in Brighton and Seaford.
Graham Buck, 66, was killed after going to the aid of his paedophile neighbour Francis Cory-Wright who was attacked in his £1 million country home in Little Gaddeston in Hertforshire at 3.30pm on Saturday.
Mr Cory-Wright, 87, was seriously injured in the attack and Mr Skinner suffered fatal stab wounds.
It is believed McLoughlin had recently been released from the same prison where Mr Cory-Wright had been serving a sentence for a sexual assault on a ten-year-old boy dating from the 1970s.
McLoughlin, who also goes by the name of Ian John Baker, was given a life sentence in 1992 for the murder of Mr Halls, who ran The Volks Tavern in Madeira Drive, The Eastern in Eastern Road, and the American Bar of the Norfolk Resort Hotel in King's Road.
On September 9, 1990, the 55-year-old was found dead in his flat in Sillwood Road, Brighton after being stabbed three times in the neck.
Six years earlier McLoughlin was jailed for eight years for the manslaughter of a man in North London after beating him to death with a hammer and stashing his body in a cupboard.
A jury accepted his plea of manslaughter after he claimed he was driven to the crime by his victim's paedophilia.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Brunning, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “We urgently want to speak to Ian McLoughlin in connection with this offence.
“We believe he is possession of a large amount of £50 and £20 notes which he may be using for purchases.
“It is a substantial amount which he could be trying to conceal.”
Chief Superintendent Steve Barry, from Sussex Police, said: “There is no specific information to suggest he is in Sussex, but we would ask anyone who spots him or knows of his whereabouts to dial 999 immediately.
“Do not approach him, he is a very dangerous man.”
McLoughlin was last seen wearing sunglasses, blue jeans or three-quarter-length trousers and a blue-and-white checked short-sleeved shirt.
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