Police quiz double murder suspect

Last updated at 12:03 27 July 2004

Double murder suspect Mark Hobson is being questioned by police today about the murders of twin sisters and an elderly couple.

The 34-year-old was released from hospital earlier today after being treated for dehydration and minor abrasions.

The former binman, who sparked Britain's biggest manhunt, will be questioned in connection with the murders of pensioners James and Joan Britton and twins Claire and Diane Sanderson.

He spent last night in a "comfortable" condition at Harrogate District Hospital.

Hobson left the hospital by a side entrance early this morning.

He was escorted into a marked police van, handcuffed and with five police officers at his side.

Hobson, who was wearing blue jeans and a long-sleeved fawn-coloured sweatshirt, had a blanket placed over his head as he was led into the police vehicle.

As the police van sped away from the hospital it was escorted by two police cars.


The father of one was captured by police on Sunday after he was spotted buying matches, water and cigarette papers by elderly garage owner Derrick North.

Hundreds of police across Britain had been looking for Hobson for a week following the discovery of the bodies of the twins and the elderly couple within 25 miles of each other in North Yorkshire.


Hobson was arrested after he was recognised by Mr North when he came into his garage on Sunday afternoon.

The garage near the village of Shipton is just a few miles from the house in Strensall, near York, where James Britton, 80, and his 82-year-old wife Joan were found beaten and murdered a week before.

The grim discovery came just hours after twins Claire and Diane Sanderson, 27, were found dead at Hobson's flat in the village of Camblesforth, near Selby.

Police later revealed Claire had been murdered a number of days before her sister. Both women were naked and tests showed Diane had been sexually interfered with.

Despite hundreds of sightings of Hobson, there had been no positive lead about where he was for a week.

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