Husband charged with Melksham woman's murder

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The husband of Melksham woman Suzanne Newton has been charged by police with her murder.

Richard Gordon Newton, 51, of Barnes Wallis Close, Bowerhill, will appear before magistrates in Salisbury this morning.

Mrs Newton, 45, who worked for a recruitment agency in Calne, was found dead at their home on Sunday morning.

Mr Newton was arrested on Monday in Dulverton, Devon, after his blue Volkswagen Polo was found abandoned at Brendon Common, Exmoor.

He was initially taken to hospital in Taunton where he spent the night under police guard, but was brought to Melksham police station for questioning on Tuesday.

Mr and Mrs Newton are believed to have lived at the Bowerhill address for three years and one neighbour said last night: "It's very sad. She kept to herself, but we always used to see her walking her dog."

Work colleagues of Mrs Newton have paid their respects by leaving floral tributes outside her home.

Mrs Newton was employed by Darren Guinness Associates, and fellow workers at the Calne-based agency have left flowers at the end of the driveway of her home.

One floral tribute read: “18 flowers from 18 people thinking of you. Such a sad loss, lots of love from everyone at DGA (Darren Guinness Associates).”

A statement from the company read: “This is a very hard time for us, she was a valued member of staff and we are all trying to come to terms with this tragic loss.”

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