A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman found stabbed to death.

Police found the body of grandmother Michelle Hanson, 47, inside a home in Brady Street, Sunderland, shortly before 12.30pm on December 3.

She had suffered multiple stab wounds, the force said.

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Alexander Carr, 33, of Wilfred Street, Sunderland, was charged with murdering Ms Hanson.

He was also charged with possessing a bladed article, namely a hunting knife, when he was arrested in Islington, north London.

He appeared for a two-minute hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court where his case was sent to Newcastle Crown Court to be heard at 2pm on December 23.

With closely cropped hair, and wearing a grey sweatshirt, Carr spoke only to confirm his address and date of birth.

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Earlier, Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Barr, of Northumbria Police, said: “Our thoughts very much remain with Michelle’s family at this time.

“We will continue to offer them support and I would ask that their privacy is respected.

“The loss of a loved one is devastating at any time but it is even more poignant at this time of year.”