Man charged with murder after woman's body is found in wheelie bin

Nicola Stevenson’s body was found by a dog walker at a recreation ground off Landport Road in Lewes, near her home, last Wednesday. (Sussex Police)

A 41-year old man has been charged with murder after a woman’s body was found in a wheelie bin covered in undergrowth in East Sussex.

Richard Canlin, 41, of no fixed address, appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court earlier today.

His case has been referred to Lewes Crown Court, where he is due to appear on Tuesday.

Police named the victim as 39-year-old Nicola Stevenson, from Lewes. Her next of kin are understood to have been informed.

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Ms Stevenson’s body was found by a dog walker at a recreation ground off Landport Road in Lewes, near her home, last Wednesday.

A post-mortem examination found Ms Stevenson died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

Sussex Police continue to search Ms Stevenson's home in the nearby Stansfield Road.

A Sussex Police spokesperson urged anyone who saw Ms Stevenson in the days before her death to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Friday, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: "Despite the charging of a man, we are still desperate to hear from anyone who may be able to add to our investigation timeline. 

A Sussex Police spokesperson urged anyone who saw Ms Stevenson in the days before her death to come forward (stock)

"We are urging anyone who saw Nicola before her body was found to come forward to us as you may hold vital information to aid our ongoing investigation.

"For those of you living in local community to Nicola, you will still see our officers out and about conducting enquiries; please do go and speak to them if you have anything to add."

Sussex Police have appealed to anyone with information to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Stafford. 

A 37-year-old man of no fixed address, arrested on suspicion of murder, had been released on bail until 12 December.