Man wanted for murder has contacts in Seaford

Ian John McLoughlin is wanted in connection with murder
Ian John McLoughlin is wanted in connection with murder

Detectives hunting a man wanted in connection with a murder in Hertfordshire on Saturday (July 13) believe he could head for Sussex and have warned he should not be approached.

Ian John McLoughlin, 55, 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.

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 that 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: “We are working with colleagues in Hertfordshire in a bid to trace this man.

“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 is described as white, about 6ft, with straight, greying, collar length hair.

On Saturday, he was believed to be wearing sunglasses, blue jeans or three-quarter-length trousers and a blue-and-white checked short-sleeved shirt with a button-down collar. He also uses the name Ian John Baker.

Detectives in Hertfordshire released CCTV images, believed to be of Ian McLoughlin, as part of an investigation into a murder in Little Gaddesden.

They said investigations were still underway to establish the facts behind this case, but they thought the victim was been murdered after coming to the aid of a neighbour.

DCI Martin Brunning said: “We would like to reiterate that we continue to search for an extremely dangerous man and our focus is on finding Ian McLoughlin as soon as possible.

“The nature of this murder investigation is one of significant violence and until he is caught the public are asked not to approach him as he is a very dangerous man. Please contact the police immediately on the Telephone 999 emergency number.”