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Man, 87, charged with murder of Delia Haxworth in Bath

AN 87-year-old man has been charged with the murder of an elderly woman in Bath.

William Arthur Haxworth, of Upper Lansdown Mews, Bath, appeared before magistrates in the city yesterday (June 20) charged with the murder of 85-year-old Delia Haxworth.

He is due to appear before Bristol Crown Court today (June 21).

The charge came after Delia was found in need of urgent medical treatment at a property in Upper Lansdown Mews on Tuesday (June 18).

“Sadly, despite the efforts of ambulance crew, she was pronounced dead at the scene,” an Avon & Somerset Police spokesperson said.

“Her next of kin are aware and are being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers,” they added.

Detective Inspector Mark Newbury is leading enquiries by officers from the Major Crime Investigation Team.

He said: “Our thoughts are very much with Delia’s family as they begin to come to terms with this tragedy.

“Although a man has been charged we are still in the early stages of our investigation. I hope that anyone with information will come forward to help us find the answers for the family.”

Detectives are still keen to hear from anyone who saw or has footage of an older man with a rucksack walking from Upper Lansdown Mews to Bennett Street, or of a man climbing scaffolding in Bennett Street, the spokesperson said.

Call 101 and give the reference Operation Network.