Tyne & Wear

Pensioners eliminated in Judith Richardson murder

Judith Richardson
Image caption Judith Richardson suffered a "brutal attack", according to police

Two pensioners arrested over the murder of a 77-year-old Northumberland woman have been eliminated from the inquiry.

Judith Richardson was found dead at her home in St Wilfrid's Road, Hexham, on 19 August. Police said she suffered a "brutal attack" with a hammer.

A man in his 80s and a woman in her 70s were arrested but have now been ruled out of the investigations, police said.

Graeme Jarman, 47, of Greenways, Delves Lane, Consett, County Durham, has been charged with her murder.

He will next appear before Newcastle Crown Court on 22 September.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: "A man and a woman who were arrested on 21 August in connection with the murder have now been eliminated from inquiries.

"They will no longer be required to attend a police station to answer bail."

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