Dorset

Body found may be former BBC Sheffield presenter

Former BBC presenter Winton Cooper
Image caption Winton Cooper was a presenter on the BBC Sheffield radio station in the 80s

A man found dead at a flat in Dorset on Friday is believed to be a former BBC radio presenter, police have said.

The man, in his 60s, was discovered in a flat in Ham Meadow, Marnhull, near Sturminster Newton.

Dorset Police said the dead man had not been formally identified but was believed to be Howard Winton Cooper, a former BBC Radio Sheffield presenter.

Joseph Cooper, 23, from Marnhall, will appear before Weymouth Magistrates on Monday charged with murder.

Hillsborough disaster

Officers discovered the body on Friday evening following a phone call from a member of the public.

A search of the area was carried out and the house remained cordoned off.

Police are waiting for the results of a post-mortem examination into how the man died.

Winton Cooper, who left BBC Radio Sheffield about 15 years ago, covered the Hillsborough disaster during his time there.

Former fellow presenter Peter Crabtree once described him as one of the "most memorable" people he had worked with.

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