Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Son charged with father's murder

Police have charged a 23-year-old man with murder

The son of a man understood to be a former BBC radio presenter has been charged with his murder, police sources said.

Joseph Cooper, 23, was held after police discovered a body at an address in Dorset. The man, in his 60s, has not been formally identified but is believed to be former BBC Radio Sheffield reporter Howard Winton Cooper.

Police were called to a property in Ham Meadow, Marnhull, near Sturminster Newton, by a member of the public on Friday.

Cooper was arrested later that evening following extensive searches involving armed officers, dogs and the force helicopter.

Officers have now cordoned off the area and detectives are waiting for the result of post-mortem examination to establish the cause of Mr Cooper's death.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: "Police have charged a man with murder following the discovery of a body at an address in Marnhull near Sturminster Newton on Friday evening. A 23-year-old local man has been charged with murder and will appear before Weymouth magistrates on Monday."

The coroner has been notified and next of kin have been informed.

Mr Cooper left BBC Radio Sheffield some 15 years ago, the broadcaster said.

The presenter, who covered the Hillsborough disaster while employed by the corporation, was once described by his colleague, Peter Crabtree, as one of the "most memorable" people he had worked with.

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