A trial date has been set for a man accused of murder after human remains were found in a local park.

Thomas McCann, 48, appeared at Manchester Crown Court via videolink from HMP Forest Bank, Salford, for a brief hearing.

McCann, of Rosslave Walk, Brinnington, Stockport, spoke only to confirm his name and confirm he could hear proceedings.

He was arrested after human body parts were discovered at Reddish Vale Country Park on May 25th.

Inquiries led officers to believe that the remains belonged to a woman aged in her 40s.

Formal identification has not yet taken place but the woman has been named locally as Yvonne Lawson McCann, believed to be the defendant's wife.

McCann is alleged to have committed murder between May 22nd and 25th in Stockport.

Judge Alan Conrad QC set a trial date of November 16 and the defendant was remanded in custody until then.