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Man, 73, charged with murdering woman, 95 , in her home

Detectives investigating the murder of a 95-year-old woman in her home in Doncaster Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, have charged David Powell, 73, from Longton Road, Barlaston, with murder.

Detectives investigating the murder in Doncaster Lane, Stoke-on-Trent. Credit: Google Maps

He will appear before magistrates in Newcastle this morning. A post-mortem examination is set to take place today. While a formal identification has not yet taken place, police believe the woman who died to be Cecilia Powell from Doncaster Lane. Family liaison officers are working to support family members affected by this death.


Man held after body found in flat

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was discovered at a flat on Christmas morning.

The victim, believed to be in her thirties, was found dead in Dibden Court, Honeywall, Stoke-on-Trent, after paramedics were called at 10.30am.

Despite the efforts of West Midlands Ambulance Service, the woman was pronounced deceased.

The 49-year-old suspect will be questioned by detectives from Staffordshire Police force's criminal investigation department (CID).

Mother's joy as missing children found safe and well

The mother of two young children taken from a hotel has spoken of her relief after they were found safe and well.

Words cannot express how I felt when the police told me they had found my two babies.

I have just been numb these last few days. It was like a part of me was missing. No mother should have to go through this ordeal.

I would like to thank Staffordshire Police for their support, help and dedication in returning my children back to me.


Pair held over child kidnap probe

A father and grandmother to two young children have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and attempted child abduction.

Police had appealed for information after two-year-old Na'llah Khan and her 10-month-old brother Sulailman Khan were taken from a hotel room in Stoke-on-Trent on Friday.

But the children were found safe and well in a guest house near Derby town centre at around 7pm today.

Their mother and wider family have been informed and the youngsters are being supported by specially trained officers before being re-united, police in Staffordshire said.

The children's father, Saleem Tahir, 40, and 67-year-old grandmother, Denise Smith-Sellars, both from Nottingham have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and attempted child abduction.

The pair have been taken into custody where they will be interviewed by detectives.

Police believe missing toddlers are still in Birmingham

Two young children snatched by their father are believed to be hiding out in Birmingham, police have told ITV Central.

Na'llah Khan, two, and her 10-month-old brother Sulailman were last seen with their father Saleem Tahir and grandmother Denise Smith-Sellers on Bristol Road in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

Chief Inspector Jane Hewitt, from Staffordshire Police, said officers believe they have not left the city.

She urged anyone else with any information on the family's whereabouts to call police on 0300 123 4455.

Police seeking grandmother of snatched children

A handout photo of Denise Smith-Sellers. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police/PA Wire

Police have issued a photo of the grandmother who they believe may have the two children who were snatched from a hotel in Stoke-on-Trent by their father.

Denise Smith-Sellers, 67, was seen with Saleem Tahir, 40, in Birmingham at about 8pm, on Friday, around three hours after he abducted two-year-old Na'llah Khan and her little brother, 10-month-old Sulailman Khan.

Anyone who knows the children's whereabouts has been urged to call 0300 123 4455

Prince Charles accosted by 'old friend' on school visit

Prince Charles was accosted by an "old friend" during a visit to a school in Stoke-on-Trent.

The woman ran up to the Prince outside The Co-operative Academy and when stopped by security, insisted: "I know him!"

The Prince engaged the woman in a short conversation before getting into his car and the woman left with a big smile on her face.

Read more about Prince Charles' visit at ITV Central

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