Police hunt 55-year-old man over suspected crossbow killing

A manhunt was under way for a suspected crossbow killer after a man was murdered and a woman was attacked at their home.

Humberside police have named the victim as Shane Gilmer, 30, from Southburn, a village near Driffield, following the incident on Friday evening.

According to reports, a crossbow was used in the attack. Police have cordoned off the village and have been searching local woods.

The force has issued an appeal to find the suspect, 55-year-old Anthony Lawrence, and officers have found his car abandoned. Police said Lawrence was a neighbour of the dead man.

DCI Stewart Miller said: “We are able to confirm that the victim killed in the incident was 30-year-old Shane Gilmer.

“We are supporting Mr Gilmer’s family during this difficult and sad time. The investigation to find the person responsible is ongoing.”

Police received reports at around 9.20pm on Friday that a couple had been seriously injured in a disturbance at their home.

Gilmer died at Hull Royal Infirmary on Saturday, while the woman remains in a stable condition.

Police thanked the public for help in tracing Lawrence’s blue Vauxhall Meriva following an appeal.

Ch Insp Andy Parsons said: “We are still appealing for anyone who believes they have seen Mr Lawrence to call us immediately on 999.

“While we still believe this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the wider public, please do not approach him yourself.”

Lawrence is white, around 1.8 metres (5ft 10in) tall, with short dark hair and large build.

Anyone who sees him is asked to call 999.