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Darren Hammond accused of murdering his mother Beryl

Ms Hammond's home
Image caption Police discovered Ms Hammond's body on Saturday

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering his 81-year-old mother.

Beryl Hammond was found dead at her home in Sutton Coldfield on Saturday when officers conducted a "safe and well check", West Midlands Police said.

Her 41-year-old son, Darren Hammond, from Ebrook Road, Sutton Coldfield, was remanded in custody by Birmingham magistrates.

Mr Hammond is due to appear before Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday via video link.

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Ms Hammond had apparently not been seen for some time. Her cause of death is not yet known.

Det Insp Caroline Corfield has appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

"Although formal identification is yet to take place we are confident the deceased is Beryl Hammond who lived at the address in Ebrook Road where her body was discovered.

Image caption Det Insp Caroline Corfield has appealed for anyone with information to come forward

"I am seeking witnesses to Beryl's last known movements and also those of her son, Darren Hammond, to help us understand more about the circumstances of her death.

"I would like to hear from anyone who had contact with, or saw, Beryl or Darren in recent months, even if you do not believe the contact to have been significant."

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