A 27-YEAR-OLD man has appeared in court this morning charged with murder following the death of Stacey Cooper, 34, in Redcar.

Liam Robert Murray, of Whitby Avenue, Guisborough, appeared at Teesside Magistrates Court.

The defendant, wearing a grey T-shirt, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

The Northern Echo: Police at Malham Gill, in RedcarPolice at Malham Gill, in Redcar

He is charged with one count of murder and a further count of possession of a bladed article - a kitchen knife.

No plea was indicated and he was remanded in custody to appear before Teesside Crown Court tomorrow.

Her devastated family issued a statement through Cleveland Police, saying: “Stacey was a much-loved mother-of-six, a treasured daughter and sister.

“There are no words to express our sadness. Stacey was a wonderful mother and the loss of her to her children is unimaginable.”

Police were called to an address in Malham Gill at around 2.20pm on December 31, by the ambulance service.

On arrival, the body of a 34-year-old woman was discovered inside the address.