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Redcar women's killings: Man in court on murder charges

Lynne Freeman, left and Jodie Betteridge Image copyright Cleveland Police
Image caption Lynne Freeman, left, and Jodie Betteridge died in attacks less than a mile away from each other

A man has appeared before a crown court judge charged with the murders of two women within minutes of each other in separate attacks.

Alan Bennett, 34, is accused of murdering Lynne Freeman, 46, and 30-year-old Jodie Betteridge, in Redcar on Wednesday evening.

Mr Bennett, of Lingholme, Redcar, appeared via a video link for the hearing at Teesside Crown Court.

He made no plea and was remanded in custody. There was no bail application.

He spoke via the link from Holme House prison to confirm his name and that he could hear the proceedings.

Middlesbrough Recorder Simon Bourne-Arton adjourned the hearing until 25 April.

Police were called to Mapleton Crescent in Redcar, where Mrs Freeman lived, on Wednesday evening, then seven minutes later to Ms Betteridge's address in Byland Close.

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