POLICE hunting the killer of a family of four hope a vital appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme on Tuesday will lead them to their main suspect.
Anxiang Du became the most wanted man in Britain after the bodies of Jifeng “Jeff” Ding, his wife Helen and their children, Xing, aged 18, and Alice, aged 12, were found stabbed to death at their home in Pioneer Close, Simpson Manor, on April 29.
The leading officer on the case, Detective Superintendent Glyn Timmins, said his team hoped the high-profile coverage would bring key information to light which could help track down the 52-year-old Chinese businessman.
The family were thought to have been targeted by Du after a bitter fall-out over a number of businesses they ran together.
Det Supt Glyn Timmins, who will appear live on the programme tonight, said: “This is essentially now a man-hunt for Anxiang Du and we need to bring him in for questioning as our prime suspect. The last confirmed sighting we have of him was in London on CCTV on Saturday, April 30.
“What we really want from Crimewatch is to generate some information about sightings, where he is or what he might be doing.
“That one snippet of information could be vital in allowing us to track him down and arrest him. That’s what we’re really focusing on.
“The worst-case scenario is that we get no useable intelligence at all and we come home no further forward than we are right now.
“But Crimewatch is the biggest crime programme on TV and has had a lot of success. We hope it will bring some for us.”
Du will appear on the Most Wanted section of the programme, which starts at 9pm on BBC1 and is expected to attract several million viewers.
Northamptonshire Police has ensured the incident room will be fully staffed and ready to deal with any new information which comes to light.
The team is currently responding to around six sightings a day of Du by the public, but so far none have been substantiated.
He is believed to have fled the scene in a silver Vauxhall Corsa, which was found in St John’s Wood, London, 12 days after the killings.
Independent charity Crimestoppers has put up a £10,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of Du.
Rewards can only be claimed by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.