Man appears in court charged with young mum's murder

A 39-year-old man has appeared at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre today (Nov 9) charged with the murder of a young Stoke-on-Trent mum.

Emergency services were called to Leigh Street, Burslem, on Friday afternoon, following reports a woman had been seriously injured.

Kimberley Deakin, 29, died from her injuries. A Home Office post mortem examination found the cause of death to be stab wounds.

Lewis Crofts, 39, of Broadstone, Dorset, has been remanded by magistrates to appear before Stafford Crown Court on Wednesday (Nov 11)

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: “The family cannot express in words their sorrow and pain at losing their beloved Kim.

"She was kind, caring and loved by many. Kim had recently become an adoring mother to Ava and can never be replaced in our hearts.

"We would like to ask for privacy to be allowed to grieve in peace.”

Anyone who can assist with enquiries into Kimberley's death is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter, quoting incident number 430 of November 6, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Picture: Kimberley Deakin.


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