A nationwide hunt is continuing for a serial sex attacker wanted in connection with the murder of a pensioner.
Graeme Jarman, 47, who has been described an evil, cunning predator, is on the run following the brutal murder of a 77-year-old woman battered to death in her own home.
The former civil servant has spent time in jail for kidnap, rape, armed robbery and indecent assault.
He went missing from his County Durham home shortly before Judith Richardson was found dead in Hexham, Northumberland, on August 19. Detectives said he was a suspect in the murder investigation.
His mother, 71-year-old Irene Jarman, said on Monday: "Graeme you need to hand yourself in immediately at the nearest police station, it's the best thing you can do. You've handed yourself in before and you can do it again."
Jarman, who has boasted of being a psychopath, has not been seen at his home in the Delves Lane area of Consett since August 17.
Durham Constabulary circulated him as missing after he failed to appear in court on a shoplifting charge on August 23. He was seen in Stockton-on-Tees on Friday, which is when Cleveland Police joined the search. His details have been circulated nationwide as he has links with the south of England.
Detective Chief Superintendent Neil Adamson, head of crime at Northumbria Police, said: "I would like to join Mrs Jarman in urging Graeme Jarman to contact police straight away as we need to find him without delay.
"We are also asking for the public's help to find him by contacting us immediately if they see anyone who looks like him or have any information that could help us locate him. I must stress that we are asking people not to approach him as he is a violent and dangerous man."
Miss Richardson's body was discovered by police in the hallway of her stone-built terraced home, in St Wilfrid's Road, after her stolen handbag and some of its contents were found stuffed into a litter bin in Newcastle city centre, 25 miles away.