The woman whose death in Thornton-le-Dale sparked a murder investigation has been named as Brenda Blainey.

Police were called to a quiet residential street off Church Lane, Thornton-le-Dale on January 5 the same day as Mrs Blainey is alleged to have died.

Shahin Darvish-Narenjbon, of Tinshill Lane, Cookridge, Leeds, has been accused of killing her.

The 33-year-old appeared before York Magistrates Court on Saturday, charged with murder.

He was remanded in custody as no magistrates court can grant bail in a murder case and sent to Leeds Crown Court.

Tomorrow morning he will make his first appearance before a crown court judge.