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Suspect charged with murder after hilltop body find

Moses Christensen has been remanded in custody until later this week.

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An area near the summit of the 540-metre-high hill, near Bridgnorth, was sealed off by police following the discovery (Matthew Cooper/PA)

An area near the summit of the 540-metre-high hill, near Bridgnorth, was sealed off by police following the discovery (Matthew Cooper/PA)

An area near the summit of the 540-metre-high hill, near Bridgnorth, was sealed off by police following the discovery (Matthew Cooper/PA)

A 21-year-old man has been charged with murdering a pensioner whose body was found near the summit of Shropshire’s highest hill.

Moses Christensen, from Oldswinford in Stourbridge, West Midlands, has also been charged with possession of a combat-style knife in a public place.

The body of Richard Hall, who was aged 70 and from Perton in south Staffordshire, was found on Friday on Brown Clee Hill.

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Richard Hall was from Perton in Staffordshire

Richard Hall was from Perton in Staffordshire

Richard Hall was from Perton in Staffordshire

An area near the summit of the 540-metre-high hill, near Bridgnorth, was sealed off by police following the discovery.

In a tribute issued through the West Mercia force, Mr Hall’s family said: “Richard was a wonderful man in every single way.

“A massive loss to the family and everyone that knew him. An inspiration to many, taken away from us far too soon.”

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Police vehicles at the scene near the summit of Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire (Matthew Cooper/PA)

Police vehicles at the scene near the summit of Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire (Matthew Cooper/PA)

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Police vehicles at the scene near the summit of Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire (Matthew Cooper/PA)

Christensen, who was arrested after information was received by police last Thursday, appeared at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday by video-link.

The defendant, of Corser Street, Oldswinford, was ordered to reappear at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Thursday, a court spokesman said.

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