Murder charge: Body belived to be ex-Radio Sheffield presenter

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A MAN has been charged with the murder of a pensioner - believed to be former top Radio Sheffield presenter, Winton Cooper.

Thed body had not been formally identified.

But the dead man, in his 60s, is understood to be Howard Winton Cooper.

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Winton, as he was known, started out on the Barnsley Chronicle but became a household name in the region as one of the best loved voices on BBC Radio Sheffield,

He covered the Hillsborough disaster during his time there and left the station about 15-years ago.

Former fellow presenter Peter Crabtree once described him as one of the “most memorable” people he had worked with.

Dorset policed discovered the body at an address on Friday evening following a phone call from a member of the public, believed to be a neighbour in the picturesque village of Marnhall, the village immortalised as Marlot in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the Durbervilles,

Police cordoned off a cul-de-sac known as Ham Meadow.

Joseph Cooper, aged 23, from Marnhall, will appear before Weymouth Magistrates on Monday charged with murder.

Detectives are renewing their appeal for witnesses and anyone with information to contact Dorset Police on 01202 or 01305 222 222 quoting incident number 15:422.

Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where mobile phone tariffs may apply.