Former Ukip councillor charged with murder of wife in Stowmarket

Telegraph Reporters
Anne and Steve Searle 

A husband has been charged with the murder of his wife after she was found dead at a house in Stowmarket.

Stephen Searle, 64, is due to appear in court in connection with the death of 62-year-old Anne Searle.

Mrs Searle was found unresponsive at an address in The Brickfields in the Suffolk town at 10.30pm on Saturday.

Paramedics attended but she was declared dead at the scene, officers said.

Suffolk Constabulary said a post-mortem was conducted on Sunday and requires further tests to be carried out.

Police confirmed that the accused and victim were husband and wife.

The scene at the Brickfields, Stowmarket, after Anne Searle was found dead  Credit: Bury Free Press / SWNS.com

Mr Searle is a retired Royal Marines Commando, who sold poppies for the British Legion.

He stood for Ukip in last year's General Election. He was elected to Suffolk County Council in 2013, but lost his seat in 2017. 

Mr Searle, of The Brickfields, has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Ipswich Magistrates' Court on Tuesday morning.

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