Found dying in block of flats

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An Ilkeston man has been charged with murder after a 27-year-old woman found injured in the town died during the Bank Holiday weekend.

Ian Meakin, 49, of Critchley Street, appeared at South Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning. He was remanded in custody and was due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court as the ‘Tiser went to press.

Police formally identified the alleged victim as Angela Ward on Tuesday afternoon and tributes have been posted on social networking site Facebook.

Cops were called to a flat on Critchley Street on Sunday night where a woman was found with life-threatening injuries.

Paramedics treated her at the flat before rushing her to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where she was later pronounced dead.

Meakin was arrested at the scene and quizzed by officers before he was formally charged on Tuesday morning.

The property and surrounding area was cordoned off by investigating officers and police vehicles were still at the scene on Tuesday morning.

A close friend of Angela has spoken to the ‘Tiser about her shock over the death.

Denise Bowles, 31, met Angela two years ago and the women have been close friends since. They were even due to go for a night out this Saturday in Derby.

Denise told the ‘Tiser that Angela and Meakin were engaged. She said: “I’m just so shocked, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing when I found out.

“She was just a really nice girl and we really got on.”

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, told the ‘Tiser: “It’s shocking. I saw all the police around and everyone’s been talking about what happened.

“It’s sad, she was a nice girl. I just can’t believe it.”

As the ‘Tiser went to press Meakin was yet to enter a plea.

A post-mortem was scheduled to be carried out in order to determine a cause of death.

‘Tiser reader Sarah Newton commented on our Facebook page: “So sad, she was only my age. Thinking of her family at this time. May she R.I.P.”

Anyone with information that could help police with their investigation can call 101 or call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.

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