A MAN has been charged with the murder of 40-year-old Angela Craddock, police have confirmed.

William Smart, 54, from Winmarleigh Street, is due to appear at Warrington Magistrates Court on Saturday, April 14.

He was arrested on Tuesday and has subsequently been charged with the offence and remanded in custody.

Angela Craddock, of St Elphin's Close, was formally identified yesterday, Thursday, after a post-mortem examination was carried out. 

A murder investigation was launched following the death of Angela Craddock in Howley on Tuesday night.

Detectives say they were called to Bargain Booze off licence on Marsh House Lane in Padgate at 10.20pm over concerns for a man in the area.

Officers were then led to attend a flat on St Elphin’s Close in Howley where a woman was found with unspecified injuries.

The victim was rushed to hospital where she later died from her injuries.

DI Kate Tomlinson, from Cheshire Police’s major investigation team, said: “We are doing everything we can to establish the exact circumstances of what has happened.

"Enquiries are ongoing in the area. These include house-to-house enquiries, CCTV enquiries and any forensic enquiries.

“An incident such as this will cause concern among the community.

"I would like to reassure people that this is believed to be an isolated incident.

"Patrols have been increased in the area and officers continue to provide reassurance to the community. They will remain in the area over the coming days and anyone with any issues or concerns is urged to speak to an officer.”

The woman’s next of kin are being supported by specially-trained officers.

Shortly after the discovery police cordoned off a block of flats on St Elphin’s Close.

Forensic officers remained at the crime scene where investigations are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding her death.

Extra patrols will be carried out in the area to provide reassurance to the community, according to a police spokesman.

Anyone with concerns or information about the investigation can call Cheshire Police on 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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