Man charged on suspicion of murder following discovery of Darlington body (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Man charged on suspicion of murder following discovery of Darlington body
12:24am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
POLICE have charged a man on suspicion of murder after a body was found on the outskirts of a North-East town last week.
Daniel Dodsworth, of Branksome Green, Darlington, will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court, this morning.
The 28-year-old has been charged with the murder of Alan Youngson, 25, who has not been seen since August 15.
A man’s body was found by a member of the public last Monday in woodland near Jedburgh Drive, in the Branksome area of Darlington, near the A1(M).
The woodland area was cordoned off while about 50 officers worked at the scene, some examining forensic evidence while others conducted house-to-house inquiries around the Branksome estate, near where the body was discovered.
The news of the body shocked residents on the street, and many congregated outside to watch while police carried out door-to-door inquiries.
Mr Youngson, who moved to Darlington from Hamilton, Scotland, about five years ago, previously lived in Jedburgh Drive.
Police have been searching for him since being alerted shortly after he disappeared nearly two months ago.
They are yet to formally identify the body. A post-mortem is expected to take place in due course.
Mr Youngson’s family are believed to be being kept informed of any developments during the investigation to find him.
Four other men arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Last night a spokeswoman for Durham Police said: “Police have this evening charged a man with the murder of Alan Youngson.
“28-year-old Daniel Dodsworth will appear before Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court this morning charged with the murder of Mr Youngson.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call Darlington police on 101 or via charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800-555-111.