North East Wales

Prestatyn man, 73, charged with wife's murder

Shirley Rumbold
Image caption Shirley Rumbold had Alzheimer's disease for several years, said her family

A 73-year-old man has been charged with murdering his wife, whose body was found at their home in Denbighshire.

Shirley Rumbold, 74, was found at their bungalow in Prestatyn on Thursday. She is believed to have been strangled.

Police said Keith Rumbold had been charged with murder and would appear before Prestatyn magistrates on Monday.

The family said: "Shirley had suffered from Alzheimer's for several years and the family would appreciate privacy at this sad and difficult time."

The bungalow was cordoned off after officers were called to the property at about 1350 BST on Thursday.

An inquest has been opened by acting coroner John Gittins and a post-mortem examination was carried out by Home Office pathologist Dr Brian Rodgers.

The examination on Mrs Rumbold is understood to have revealed the provisional cause of death as asphyxiation caused by strangulation.

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