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Woman charged with ‘missing man’ murder

James Prout

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James Prout had not been seen since early February

A woman has been charged with murdering a man who had not been seen by friends or family for more than a month.

Police searching for James Prout, 43, found a body near his Tyneside home on Sunday. He had not been seen since early February but was only reported missing on Good Friday.

Anne Corbett, 25, of Percy Main, North Tyneside, is charged with murder.

She has also been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, along with three other people.

Zahid Zaman, 42, Myra Wood, 49, and Kay Rayworth, 55, all from Percy Main, are due in court on Tuesday, with Ms Corbett.

Officers found the body on an “area of open land” a short distance from Mr Prout’s home in St Stephen’s Way in Percy Main on Easter Sunday afternoon.

They have not formally identified the body but said they were “fairly certain” it was Mr Prout’s.

A 26-year-old man from Ashington who was also arrested has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

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