Morpeth woman charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice

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A Morpeth woman has appeared in court after being charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in connection with the death of Lee Irving.

Mr Irving, 24, was found dead in a grassed area of Fawdon in Newcastle on June 6.

Nicole Lawrence, 20, of The Avenue, and Julie Mills, 50, of Studdon Walk in Newcastle, were charged yesterday and yesterday afternoon, they both appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The case was transferred to Newcastle Crown Court, where the women will appear on August 6.

James Wheatley, 28, of Studdon Walk has previously been charged with murder and Barry Imray, 31, of no fixed abode, charged with murder and perverting the course of justice.

Northumbria Police said a 50-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the death of Mr Irving remains on police bail.