A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found in a house last week.

Forty-six-year-old Andrew Steven Hall was in the dock at Teesside Magistrates Court this morning charged with murdering 50-year-old Glenna Siviter.

Glenna’s body was found at an address on Grimwood Avenue in Middlesbrough on Friday (December 15).

Hall, of Thorntree Avenue, was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was seriously assaulted on Laycock Street, also in Middlesbrough, the same day.

The 45-year-old victim was taken to hospital and has since been discharged.

The Northern Echo: Officers at the scene of the Laycock Street incident.Officers at the scene of the Laycock Street incident. (Image: TERRY BLACKBURN)

Detectives probing the discovery of Glenna Siviter’s body later linked the two incidents, and Hall was charged in connection with her death on Monday night.

He entered no plea when he appeared before magistrates this morning and he was remanded in custody.

The case was sent to Teesside Crown Court, where he will appear on Thursday (December 21).

Uniformed police will remain in the area of both incidents today and specialist officers are supporting Glenna’s family.

A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: “Her family is being supported by specially trained officers and they have asked for privacy as they try to come to terms with her death.

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“Our thoughts remain with Glenna’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

“Local people will continue to see an increased police presence in and around both locations and we would ask anyone with information, doorbell, dashcam or private CCTV who has not yet spoken with police to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on the 101 number.

 “Please quote ref 245061 regarding Grimwood Avenue and please use ref 245187 regarding Laycock Street.”