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Murder charge over missing wife

Kate Prout
Kate Prout disappeared from her home in November 2007

The husband of a woman who has been missing from her home for more than a year has been remanded in custody after being charged with her murder.

Kate Prout, 56, disappeared on 5 November 2007 from her farm at Redmarley in the Forest of Dean.

Adrian Michael Prout, 46, was arrested at the property on Tuesday morning.

At the height of the inquiry more than 100 police officers were involved. In court Mr Prout spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

He was refused bail and is due to appear before Bristol Crown Court on 17 March.

Speaking outside court his solicitor said Mr Prout would be "fully contesting" the charges against him.

Ann Reddrop, spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "We have been working closely with the police over the past months to investigate all aspects of Mrs Prout's disappearance before reaching a final decision on charging.

"Accordingly, we have this week authorised the police to charge Mr Prout."

Acting Det Supt Neil Kelly added: "This has been a complex, thorough and necessarily lengthy investigation to bring us to this point."

Monday's arrest marks the third occasion on which Mr Prout has been held by police.

In January Gloucestershire Police said he was no longer a suspect although they would not reveal what had led to Monday's development.

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