Killer arrested after absconding from Hull

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Published: Monday 27th April 2015 by The News Editor

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A convicted murderer has been arrested in London after going on the run from the Hull bail hostel where he had been staying.

An appeal for information was made on BBC Crimewatch after 53-year-old William Kerr absconded from the hostel in March, breaking the terms of his license and triggering a nationwide hunt.

Kerr, who was released from prison on license earlier this year, was arrested in the Waterloo area of the capital on Friday April 24. He was wanted on emergency recall to prison.

Kerr was given a life sentence 17 years ago when he was convicted at Leeds Crown Court for the murder of 43-year-old Maureen Comfort in Leeds in 1995.

The body of Ms Comfort, who had been strangled, was discovered in a bedroom cupboard at a flat in Leeds.

Kerr was apprehended by officers from North Yorkshire Police less than 24 hours after the Crimewatch appeal was broadcast.

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Published: Monday 27th April 2015 by The News Editor

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