LINCOLNSHIRE Police’s hunt for Stephen Anthony Sleaford - a man they are seeking in connection with a Boston murder last weekend - continued with two house raids yesterday.
Officers checked two properties early yesterday evening (Friday).
However, they are yet to find the 37-year-old, who continues to evade them.
“In respect of the murder last weekend, two properties were visited earlier this evening at around 5pm,” a police spokesman said yesterday.
“But no-one was arrested.”
The body of Polish national Janusz Smoderek was found in a garden along Sleaford Road at around 7am on Sunday morning.
He had multiple stab wounds.
The search for Steve Sleaford has now gone nationwide.
Airports around the UK are now on standby in case he tries to leave the country.
Det Chief Insp Stuart Gibbon said: “The main focus of our appeal is to locate Mr Sleaford who is wanted in connection with the murder of Janusz Smoderek.
“Mr Sleaford may still be in the local area or he may be further afield so we are issuing a witness appeal for anyone who has seen him or knows his whereabouts to contact us.”
“We would also wish to make a direct appeal to Mr Sleaford to hand himself in, and thirdly to reassure the community that we are looking for this man and have a number of detectives and police staff working around the clock.”
Father of three Mr Smoderek, 48, was found dead with multiple stab wounds.
Police have confirmed an altercation took place prior to Mr Smoderek’s death near the Sleaford Road railway crossing between 4am and 5am on Sunday.
The altercation involved three white men and one white woman.
The altercation is said to have involved ‘a lot of shouting and screaming’.
Stephen Sleaford is described as heavily-tattooed on his arms and around his neck and sometimes wears glasses.
He is pictured on this page with and without glasses.
Police are appealing for anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mr Sleaford, or any information about the altercation that took place in Sleaford Road on Sunday, to call Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.