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Manhunt for Facebook stalker

Police hunting a fairground worker suspected of murdering his ex-girlfriend and then burning her body have issued a warning to female Facebook users after discovering that he uses the site to meet women, reports Vijay Dutt.

world Updated: Feb 10, 2009 23:43 IST
Vijay Dutt

Police hunting a fairground worker suspected of murdering his ex-girlfriend and then burning her body have issued a warning to female Facebook users after discovering that he uses the site to meet women.

George Appleton, 40, is wanted in connection with the death of his former partner, 36-year-old Clare Wood, who was found badly burnt in the bedroom of her home in Salford on Friday. Now at least four women have told police that Appleton, who has been arrested before on suspicion of sexual assault, has contacted them through the online social networking site in the past week.

UK police had also reported that a man who murdered his wife did so because he was upset after seeing her change her marital status to ‘single’ on Facebook. BBC News had reported the case.