North East Wales

Prestatyn man, 73, in court charged with wife's murder

Shirley Rumbold and police outside the couple's bungalow
Image caption Shirley Rumbold had Alzheimer's disease for several years, said her family

A 73-year-old man will appear before magistrates later charged with murdering his wife, whose body was found at their Denbighshire home.

Keith Rumbold was arrested at their bungalow in Prestatyn on Thursday, the day Shirley Rumbold was found.

The 74-year-old is believed to have been strangled.

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

Mr Rumbold is due to appear before Prestatyn magistrates after being charged late on Saturday night.

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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