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Man accused of Wisbech murder appears in court

Laraine Rayner. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

A 43-year-old man accused of murdering a woman in Wisbech has appeared in court.

Steven Stocks, who is also from Wisbech, is also charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of 53-year-old Laraine Rayner.

The mother-of-three was found stabbed to death at a property in Mill Road.

Stocks is set to appear at Cambridge Crown Court on October 17.

Man charged with murder of woman in Wisbech

Laraine Rayner. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A man has been charged with murder after a woman was found dead in Wisbech last month.

53-year-old Laraine Rayner was stabbed to death at a house in Mill Road on April 24.

43-year-old Steven Stocks from Wisbech has now been charged with murder, as well as preventing a lawful and decent burial.

Stocks will appear at Peterborough Magistrates' this morning.


Man arrested on suspicion of murder after woman's body found in Wisbech

The body was found at a property in Mill Close Credit: ITV Anglia

A has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman’s body at a house in Wisbech.

The 43-year-old was arrested following the discovery of the woman, who is in her 50s, in Mill Close.

Police were called at just after 9.40pm yesterday (Sunday) after reports people were concerned for a woman at the house.

The arrested man is currently being treated in hospital for minor injuries.

A post mortem examination is to be carried out at Peterborough City Hospital.

Police launch murder inquiry after woman's body found

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman's body. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Cambridgeshire have arrested a man on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found in a Fenland village.

Officers were called at an address in Murrow near Wisbech on Monday evening by the ambulance service after reports of the sudden death of a woman.

A police cordon is currently in place and the death is being treated as suspicious. So far officers have been unable to trace the woman's next of kin and her cause of death has yet to be established.

A 51-year-old man from Murrow has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody at Peterborough police station.


Coroner rules inquest into young tory's death will not be widened

Elliott Johnson was 12 -years-old when he died Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Coroner has revealed he will not take into consideration claims that a young Conservative activist took his own life because he said he was bullied by colleagues, when an inquest is opened into his death.

The Senior Coroner for Bedfordshire Tom Osborne has concluded that the inquest will not be widened to look at the allegations.

21-year-old Elliott Johnson from Wisbech died after he was struck by a train in Sandy, Bedfordshire in September last year.

His parent's had argued in a pre-inquest hearing that the treatment of Elliott in the weeks before he took his own life, was 'degrading and inhumane' and that the behaviour of his colleagues 'violated his human rights'.

They wanted an investigation into the behaviour of Elliot's Conservative colleagues in the youth wing of the party, to be part of the inquest into his death.

But the Coroner ruled against this.

"It is my view that it would clearly be going beyond the proper scope of this inquest to be calling members of the Conservative Party to inquire into what steps or measures they are taking to investigate the bullying allegations by a party member towards another party member. This is very remote from the death of the deceased.

My task is to hear evidence to try and determine who the deceased was, when and where he died and how the deceased came by his death. This is not a case where I am required to investigate how and in what circumstances the deceased came by his death in accordance with S.5(2) of the 2009 Act."

– Senior Coroner Tom Osborne
Elliott Johnson's parents arriving at the pre-inquest hearing Credit: ITV News Anglia
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