WEST Mercia Police has said a man has been charged with the murder of a 78-year-old in Herefordshire.

Ben Armstrong, 48, from Dyfed, South West Wales, has been charged with murder and assaulting an emergency worker, police said on Friday.

He has been charged in relation to the murder of the elderly woman in Moreton Eye, near Leominster, on Thursday.

The area is still cordoned off while enquiries continue.


A police spokesperson said officers received a report that a car had crashed into a lamppost in Eye Lane, Morton Eye, near Luston, at around 8am on Thursday.

Enquires then led them to the discovery of a 78-year-old woman who had died at a property nearby.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said crews were called the crash and to the property where the woman was found.


A spokesperson said: "We responded to a road traffic accident on Eye Lane, Moreton Eye, near Leominster, at 8.34am this morning [Thursday].

"Two ambulances attended and assessed one man who had sustained minor injuries and he was discharged on scene.

"Whilst at the scene, police requested our attendance at an address in Moreton and an ambulance and paramedic officer attended.

"Sadly, ambulance crews confirmed the death of a woman at the address."

Moreton is a small village with only a handful of homes, and it is a short distance from the National Trust's Berrington Hall.

It is between Ashton, on the A49 north of Leominster, and the larger village of Luston.

There was a lot of police activity in the village on Thursday evening, with officers going door to door.