Man arrested 1,300 miles away in Sweden over North Staffordshire gran’s murder


A man has been arrested 1,300 miles away in Sweden over the murder of a North Staffordshire grandmother.

The 42-year-old’s case appeared before Stockholm District Court yesterday (March 30).

According to a court document, the suspect is accused of killing Wendy Morse at her address in Tunstall Road, Knypersley, between March 18 and March 22.

He is due to appear back in court tomorrow to decide whether he will be remanded in custody.

The arrest on March 27 came six days after police discovered 71-year-old Wendy’s body after forcing their way into the address.

Police and forensic officers at the scene of a suspected murder at a bungalow in Tunstall Road, Knypersley

Detectives at Staffordshire Police then launched  a murder investigation with marked cars stationed outside and the driveway and front door taped off.

They have been appealing for sightings of a green Honda Civic – registration number OK62 AMS – which was driven from Biddulph to Sneyd Green, via Bemersley Road and Norton, between midday and 3pm on Thursday, March 19.

That was three days before Wendy’s body was discovered on Sunday, March 22.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out following Wendy’s death. But more tests are needed to confirm the exact cause of death.

Flowers left at the scene in Tunstall Road, Knypersley

In a tear-jerking tribute, Wendy’s loved-ones urged members of the public to assist the police in any way they can.

They said: “We are devastated at the loss of our mum, who was a very bubbly person and full of character, who will be sorely missed by her children and grandchildren.

“We would appeal to any member of the public with any information, however small, to contact Staffordshire Police in connection with the death of our mum.”

Anyone with any dash-cam footage of the Honda Civic or any information which could assist with the murder investigation should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 481 of March 22, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.





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