Wellington murder suspect appears in court as victim is named

A murder suspect accused of killing a man in Wellington has appeared in court today.

Police are continuing to investigate Fowler Close in Wellington
Police are continuing to investigate Fowler Close in Wellington

John Walker, aged 64, of Fowler Close, Wellington has been charged with murdering Mark Espley, 52, in the street where he lived on Saturday morning

He appeared at Worcester Magistrates’ Court via video link on Monday.

Detective Inspector Lee Holehouse, who is leading the investigation, said: “Thanks to the local community for their ongoing support with our enquiries.”

The victim was attacked in Fowler Close on Saturday morning, suffering stab wounds. West Mercia Police said they were called shortly before 11am and, despite officers administering CPR, Mr Espley died at the scene.

Walker was remanded to appear at Stafford Crown Court on Tuesday.

It was one of three violent incidents believed to involve blades in and around Wellington over the course of the weekend.

The incidents are not believed to be linked.

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