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Two men arrested after body found

Heather Wardle and James Hughes
Ms Wardle and Mr Hughes went missing on Friday

Police investigating the disappearance of an "extremely vulnerable" disabled man have arrested two men on suspicion of his murder after finding a body.

James Hughes, 22, who has a mental age of 18 months, and his mother Heather Wardle, of Redditch, Worcestershire, went missing on Friday.

The mother-of-four's body was found on Monday in undergrowth near her home.

Police said two men had been arrested after a body was found in a property in Church Hill, Redditch.

'Required constant care'

A police cordon has been put up around part of Loxley Close, Church Hill - near to the family home.

A white tent has also been erected by police in the back garden of a property, believed to be the home of Ms Wardle.

Supt Jane Horwood, from West Mercia Police, said: "Two men have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of James Hughes and are currently helping police with their inquiries at Kidderminster and Redditch police stations."

Statement from Supt Jane Horwood of West Mercia Police

An area has been cordoned off and a post-mortem examination was under way to establish the cause of death, Supt Horwood said.

Mr Hughes' mother left home on Friday, saying she was going to visit a friend nearby.

Police have said it was not clear when Mr Hughes was last seen.

His mother was found on Monday with a ligature round her neck in undergrowth off Winyates Way in the Church Hill area, less than a mile from where she lived with her son.

Police have said the death was being treated as unexplained.

A post-mortem examination took place on Tuesday but the results of toxicology tests are still awaited.

Her partner, Brian Kirby, 36, described her as a "brilliant mother".

He said she was a chatty, bubbly person, who got on well with neighbours and his family.

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