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20050301: Hobson admits murdering twin sisters and couple Serial Killer News

A former binman has admitted responsibility for killing twin sisters and an elderly couple.

Lawyers for Mark Hobson, 34, made the admission yesterday as he appeared for a hearing at Teesside Crown Court.

Hobson, of New Lane, Selby, is charged with killing his girlfriend Claire Sanderson and her sister Diane, and two pensioners, James and Joan Britton. Hobson has yet to enter formal pleas.

Hobson, who was dressed in a dark suit, kept his head bowed during the 20 minute hearing. Two security officers were present with him in the glass-fronted dock.

Relatives of the four victims sat in the jury box while Jeremy Richardson QC, for the defence, told the court: "The defendant admits responsibility for the killings of all four individuals who were victims of the murders."

 

20040721: Welsh police hunt serial killer suspect Wales Serial Killer News
Welsh police were last night hunting a suspected serial killer linked to four brutal deaths over the weekend...Police forces in Wales last night confirmed that they had received operational instructions to be on red alert for a man fitting the description of Mark Hobson...He is wanted in connection with the murders of 27-year- old twin sisters, Claire and Diane Sanderson, in Camblesforth, North Yorkshire...He was also seen near the home of James Britton, 80, and wife Joan, 82, who were killed within hours in nearby Strensall...North Yorkshire Police said the four deaths on Sunday morning "may well be linked"...The bodies of the twins were found in binman Hobson's home in Camblesforth, but he has not been seen since a reported sighting in York on Sunday morning...Deputy Chief Constable Roger Baker said that the hunt was now going nationwide as the suspect could be anywhere...Details of the suspect, who is 5ft 9in tall, of slim build, with a shaven balding head and a two-inch scar near his eye, have been distributed to all UK forces...Mr Baker said, "Clearly we want to speak to him (Hobson) about four murders."..A spokeswoman for South Wales Police last night confirmed that they were now involved in the manhunt..."We were contacted by North Yorkshire police yesterday and sent a description of the suspect," she said..."It will now be circulated in the area. Officers will obviously be on the lookout for him."..The other police forces in Wales also confirmed that they had been told to be on the lookout for a man who has been described as extremely dangerous...A spokeswoman at Gwent Police said, "North Yorkshire Police have put out operational advice for police forces around the country..."We have basically been told 'If he is in the area, then arrest him immediately', but there are no public warnings as such just yet."..Yesterday, police doctors revealed that Diane Sanderson was strangled and had suffered a number of other injuries...Police said a post-mortem examination had failed to establish a definite cause of death for her twin sister, Claire, but stressed that she had been the victim of a "violent assault"...Mr Britton died from stab wounds and had also suffered a number of other injuries to his body...His wife had suffered a "vicious assault including stab wounds" but an initial postmortem had not established the cause of death...Mr Baker said, "Murders are very rare in North Yorkshire, so to have two double murders is unheard of."..He confirmed that "some weapons" had been recovered from the murder scenes, but refused to give any further details...Detective Superintendent Javad Ali said..Hobson, who is separated from his wife, had been dating Claire for some time and had been living at the flat where the sisters were murdered for the past three months...Diane had been visiting her sister over the weekend...
 

20040720: Police probe double murders link Serial Killer News
A man fitting the description of Mark Hobson, who is wanted for the murders of 27–year–old twin sisters Claire and Diane Sanderson, was seen near the home of an elderly couple who were killed within hours nearby, police said today.

North Yorkshire Police said the four deaths "may well be linked".

Detective Superintendent Javad Ali said Hobson, who they want to talk to in connection with the murder of the twins in Camblesforth, North Yorkshire, at the weekend, was spotted not far from Strensall, where the bodies of James and Joan Britton were discovered on Sunday in their home.

North Yorkshire Deputy Chief Constable Roger Baker said: "Clearly we want to speak to him (Hobson) about four murders."

Mr Ali said Hobson, who lived at the flat where the twins' bodies were found, was seen in the Wiggington Road area of York in the early hours of Sunday morning and a man fitting his description was spotted at 9.15am in Strensall.

Mr Ali said it was possible that the "two incidents may well be linked".

He also revealed that Diane Sanderson was strangled and had suffered a number of other injuries to her body.

He said a post–mortem had so far failed to establish a definite cause of death for Claire but stressed that she had been the victim of a "violent assault".

Mr Britton, 80, died from stab wounds and had also suffered a number of other injuries to his body.

His wife, 82, had suffered a "vicious assault including stab wounds" but an initial post–mortem had not established the cause of death.

Police were called to a flat in Camblesforth, near Selby, shortly after 8am on Sunday when they found the women's bodies.

Mr and Mrs Britton's bodies were discovered later that morning by a neighbour.

 

20050301: Hobson admits murdering twin sisters and couple Serial Killer News

A former binman has admitted responsibility for killing twin sisters and an elderly couple.

Lawyers for Mark Hobson, 34, made the admission yesterday as he appeared for a hearing at Teesside Crown Court.

Hobson, of New Lane, Selby, is charged with killing his girlfriend Claire Sanderson and her sister Diane, and two pensioners, James and Joan Britton. Hobson has yet to enter formal pleas.

Hobson, who was dressed in a dark suit, kept his head bowed during the 20 minute hearing. Two security officers were present with him in the glass-fronted dock.

Relatives of the four victims sat in the jury box while Jeremy Richardson QC, for the defence, told the court: "The defendant admits responsibility for the killings of all four individuals who were victims of the murders."

 

20040721: Welsh police hunt serial killer suspect Wales Serial Killer News
Welsh police were last night hunting a suspected serial killer linked to four brutal deaths over the weekend...Police forces in Wales last night confirmed that they had received operational instructions to be on red alert for a man fitting the description of Mark Hobson...He is wanted in connection with the murders of 27-year- old twin sisters, Claire and Diane Sanderson, in Camblesforth, North Yorkshire...He was also seen near the home of James Britton, 80, and wife Joan, 82, who were killed within hours in nearby Strensall...North Yorkshire Police said the four deaths on Sunday morning "may well be linked"...The bodies of the twins were found in binman Hobson's home in Camblesforth, but he has not been seen since a reported sighting in York on Sunday morning...Deputy Chief Constable Roger Baker said that the hunt was now going nationwide as the suspect could be anywhere...Details of the suspect, who is 5ft 9in tall, of slim build, with a shaven balding head and a two-inch scar near his eye, have been distributed to all UK forces...Mr Baker said, "Clearly we want to speak to him (Hobson) about four murders."..A spokeswoman for South Wales Police last night confirmed that they were now involved in the manhunt..."We were contacted by North Yorkshire police yesterday and sent a description of the suspect," she said..."It will now be circulated in the area. Officers will obviously be on the lookout for him."..The other police forces in Wales also confirmed that they had been told to be on the lookout for a man who has been described as extremely dangerous...A spokeswoman at Gwent Police said, "North Yorkshire Police have put out operational advice for police forces around the country..."We have basically been told 'If he is in the area, then arrest him immediately', but there are no public warnings as such just yet."..Yesterday, police doctors revealed that Diane Sanderson was strangled and had suffered a number of other injuries...Police said a post-mortem examination had failed to establish a definite cause of death for her twin sister, Claire, but stressed that she had been the victim of a "violent assault"...Mr Britton died from stab wounds and had also suffered a number of other injuries to his body...His wife had suffered a "vicious assault including stab wounds" but an initial postmortem had not established the cause of death...Mr Baker said, "Murders are very rare in North Yorkshire, so to have two double murders is unheard of."..He confirmed that "some weapons" had been recovered from the murder scenes, but refused to give any further details...Detective Superintendent Javad Ali said..Hobson, who is separated from his wife, had been dating Claire for some time and had been living at the flat where the sisters were murdered for the past three months...Diane had been visiting her sister over the weekend...
 

20040720: Police probe double murders link Serial Killer News
A man fitting the description of Mark Hobson, who is wanted for the murders of 27–year–old twin sisters Claire and Diane Sanderson, was seen near the home of an elderly couple who were killed within hours nearby, police said today.

North Yorkshire Police said the four deaths "may well be linked".

Detective Superintendent Javad Ali said Hobson, who they want to talk to in connection with the murder of the twins in Camblesforth, North Yorkshire, at the weekend, was spotted not far from Strensall, where the bodies of James and Joan Britton were discovered on Sunday in their home.

North Yorkshire Deputy Chief Constable Roger Baker said: "Clearly we want to speak to him (Hobson) about four murders."

Mr Ali said Hobson, who lived at the flat where the twins' bodies were found, was seen in the Wiggington Road area of York in the early hours of Sunday morning and a man fitting his description was spotted at 9.15am in Strensall.

Mr Ali said it was possible that the "two incidents may well be linked".

He also revealed that Diane Sanderson was strangled and had suffered a number of other injuries to her body.

He said a post–mortem had so far failed to establish a definite cause of death for Claire but stressed that she had been the victim of a "violent assault".

Mr Britton, 80, died from stab wounds and had also suffered a number of other injuries to his body.

His wife, 82, had suffered a "vicious assault including stab wounds" but an initial post–mortem had not established the cause of death.

Police were called to a flat in Camblesforth, near Selby, shortly after 8am on Sunday when they found the women's bodies.

Mr and Mrs Britton's bodies were discovered later that morning by a neighbour.

 


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