Man charged with partner’s murder

The scene at Oak Avenue in South Shields
The scene at Oak Avenue in South Shields

THE partner of a woman who was found dead at her home on Mother’s Day has been charged with her murder.

Anthony Ross, 24, of Oak Avenue, South Shields, is due to appear before magistrates in South Tyneside tomorrow charged with the murder of the woman - named locally as mother-of two Melissa Liddle.

Miss Liddle, 23, was found dead at the home the couple shared on Sunday evening.

Miss Liddle lived at the address with Ross, and their two children, a five-year-old called Lewis and a baby aged seven months.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Police have charged a man in connection with the death of a 23-year-old woman.

Anthony Ross, 24, of Oak Avenue, South Shields, has been charged with murder. He will appear before South Tyneside Magistrate’s Court on March 17.

Relatives of Miss Liddle, who studied floristry at South Tyneside College until last year, described her as a “lovely” person who would “always help others.”

Annette Todd, 53, whose sister is Miss Liddle’s grandmother, says the whole family is ‘devastated’ by her death.

Mrs Todd, also of Oak Avenue, South Shields, says Ms Liddle and Anthony Ross were “childhood sweethearts” who had been together for around eight years.

Mrs Todd said: “They were childhood sweethearts and have been together for about eight years.

“They lived together and have two boys. One is four and the other is only about one.

“She was such a nice girl and used to volunteer for St John’s Ambulance.”

She added: “We are just devastated by this

A Northumbria Police spokesman said a 48-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender will not be the subject of any further police action