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Man charged with murder after body found in field

Michael Outhwaite was found stabbed to death in a field near Crook Credit: Durham Constabulary

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a man whose body was found in a field in County Durham.

The victim has been named as Michael Outhwaite, 42, from the Sunderland area.

His body was found in a field at Willington near Crook early on Friday morning. He had been stabbed to death.

Daniel Oxley, who is a 22-year-old from Willington, was remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on 17th September.

Man arrested in Willington murder investigation

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a man was found in a field in Willington, near Crook.

The body of a 42-year-old man was discovered by police in a field behind Willington High Street at 1am on September 12. They were responding to a report.

A 22-year-old man from Murton is in custody.

Cumberland Terrace, Willington Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

“I can confirm we have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a man’s body in the early hours of this morning. We do believe this is an isolated incident and we currently have a suspect in custody. Over the coming hours there will be much police activity in Willington, I would ask for the patience of residents in that area while the scene preservation remains in place”

– Detective Superintendent Kevin Weir

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