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  • 21 February 2013, 3:24

Ding Family Murders: Chinese Man Extradited

A Chinese man, who was arrested on suspicion of murdering a family in their Northampton home, is being extradited to the UK.

Businessman Anxiang Du will appear at Northampton Magistrates' Court on Thursday, police said.

Du was arrested in Morocco last year on suspicion of killing university lecturer Jifeng "Jeff" Ding and his family.

Northamptonshire Police said Du's extradition has been approved by the Moroccan Ministry of Justice in conjunction with the Home Office.

He was expected to arrive in the UK on Wednesday on a flight from Casablanca.

Mr Ding, his wife Helen and their two daughters, Alice, 12, and Xing, 18, were found stabbed in Wootton, Northampton, on May 1, 2011.

The murders happened two days before their bodies were discovered.

Deputy Chief Constable Martin Jelley said: "On behalf of Northamptonshire Police, I would like to thank all those who have been involved in this successful extradition, including Michael Ellis MP for his considerable support in progressing this with the relevant authorities."

When Du was arrested by Moroccan authorities last July, detectives said they believed he could have been evading capture in Morocco for more than a year.

He boarded a bus at London's Victoria station shortly after the family were found dead and travelled to Paris, through France and Spain, before catching a ferry from the Spanish port of Algeciras to Tangier.

The journey is believed to have taken only a few days, and Du had evaded capture in Morocco ever since. Police said he had several thousand pounds in cash when he left the UK.

Du, who has a background in herbal medicine, travelled from Africa in the custody of UK Border Agency officers, and will be held by the Metropolitan Police on arrival.