Man, 87, charged with murdering 85-year-old woman in Bath

An 87-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of an 85-year-old woman in Bath.

William Arthur Haxworth, of Upper Lansdown Mews, Bath, is accused of killing Delia Haxworth on June 18.

He appeared before magistrates on Thursday and was remanded in custody ahead of a hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Friday.

Avon and Somerset Police said Mrs Haxworth was found “in need of urgent medical treatment” at a property in Upper Lansdown Mews on Tuesday morning.

A force spokeswoman said she was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics.

Mrs Haxworth’s body has been formally identified, while her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by family liaison officers.

Detective Inspector Mark Newbury, of Avon and Somerset Police, 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 appealing for 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 Stress.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the force on 101, giving the reference Operation Network, or online.