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Father says weeks in jail was nightmare for daughter who had charge dropped

The father of 24-year-old Chantelle Moran-Stokes says the six weeks she spent in prison on remand were a nightmare.

46-year-old Christopher Stokes spoke after the charge against his daughter for the murder of Halesowen pensioner Cynthia Beamond was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.

My daughter is totally innocent of what they had accused her of, but she has spent six weeks in a prison in Derbyshire.

The bail hearing was not opposed in August and the judge gave the CPS four weeks to come up with something, and we heard nothing. She has been on bail and then she got a call from her solicitor on Friday to say that the case against her has been completely dropped. It has been a complete nightmare for her. This has completely changed her. She is a nervous wreck and will not leave the house unless somebody is with her. It has been all over the press and she has been told that she will probably not be able to go back to her flat. Everybody needs to know that the charge against her has been dropped.

– Christopher Stokes

Woman who spent 6 weeks in jail for murder has charge dropped

A woman who spent six weeks in prison accused of murdering Halesowen grandmother Cynthia Beamond has had the charge against her dropped.

Cynthia Beamond was found at her home in Halesowen in June
Cynthia Beamond was found at her home in Halesowen in June Credit: ITV News Central

The body of Mrs Beamond, who was 80, was found inside her home in June after she was reported missing by family members. She had head injuries.

The charge has been dropped against Chantelle Moran-Stokes
The charge against Chantelle Moran-Stokes has been dropped Credit: BPM Media

Chantelle Moran-Stokes, who is 24, had been jointly accused of killing the pensioner, along side her ex-boyfriend Leo Barnes.

She was arrested on 29 June and spent six weeks on remand before a judge granted her bail on 11 August.

Then on Friday she was told the case against her had been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said:

Following extensive police enquiries consultation between the investigation team and the Crown Prosecution Services, the case against a 24-year-old woman charged with the murder of Halesowen pensioner Cynthia Beamond has been discontinued. Leo Barnes, from Runcorn Road, Balsall Heath, was remanded in custody following his initial court appearance in July, charged with Mrs Beamond’s murder. The 33-year-old will next appear before Wolverhampton Crown Court on 10 October for a plea and case management hearing.

– West Midlands Police spokeswoman


Nurse determined to finish half-marathon despite pain

A nurse who was told she would never walk again after she was hit by a car is to take part in her first half marathon, and says she is determined to complete it, despite the pain she will be in.

Kate Mansbridge was cycling in the Pyrenees in France when she was hit, and it took years of treatment to get her back on her feet.

Moeen Ali the only positive as England thrashed

by Matt Ratcliffe

Worcestershire's Moeen Ali was the only real positive for England as they were thrashed by India in the fourth One-Day International at Edgbaston.

Moeen Ali batting in Birmingham
Moeen Ali batting in Birmingham Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

India strolled to the series victory, going 3-0 up with just one more game to play, as they knocked off England's total of 206 all out in just 30.3 overs, for the loss of only one wicket.

Moeen Ali earlier hit three 6s on his way to scoring 67 off 50 balls, which helped a stuttering England to a total India bettered with ease.

Peter Clarke stands by Trojan Horse report findings

The former counter terrorism chief Peter Clarke has been grilled by MPs following his report into the so-called Trojan Horse allegation made against some schools in Birmingham.

He was appointed by the then Education Secretary, Michael Gove, to look into the claims of an alleged Muslim extremist plot to infiltrate schools.

He stood by his report's findings at an Education Select Committee meeting.


Motorcyclist dies a week after crash

A motorcyclist has died a week after a crash with a BMW 120 in Bordesley Green.

It happened on 22 August at the junction with Imperial Road at 4.30pm.

The 29-year-old motorcycist was taken to hospital with a head injury and died a week later.

The woman driver of the BMW has been voluntarily interviewed by police.

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