A WOMAN accused of murdering Toni Butler has made her first appearance in court following her arrest.

Keegan Barnes is accused of killing the 25-year-old in Thornaby last week.

The 28-year-old appeared at Teesside Magistrates' for a brief hearing this afternoon before her case was transferred to the Crown Court.

Cleveland Police were called to an address in Vulcan Way, Thornaby at 12.41pm on Thursday, June 10, by ambulance paramedics after a report that a woman had died.

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A cordon was erected and police launched an investigation.

A 15-year-old girl who was arrested at the time taken into custody for questioning has since been released, “with no further action”.

Detectives are appealing to anyone with information which may assist the investigation to call Cleveland Police on 101 quoting 094422.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111, or go online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.