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Southport man charged with murder of nurse found in car

Kate Mott, who was found dead in a car in Scarisbrick
It was originally thought that Kate Mott had died in a road accident

A 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of his wife, whose body was found at the wheel of a crashed car.

Kate Mott, of Southport, Merseyside, was found in a Ford Focus which crashed in Pool Hey Lane in Scarisbrick, Lancashire, on Thursday.

A post-mortem examination found the 35-year-old mother-of-two had died of strangulation.

Brent Mott, of Everard Road, Southport will appear before North Sefton Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

The Ford was found in a field about 100ft (30m) from the road.

Detectives initially believed Mrs Mott's death was due to an accident but a murder investigation was started when the nature of her injuries became apparent.

The mother-of-two worked in the intensive care unit at Southport and Formby District General Hospital as a staff nurse.

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