A MAN appeared in court today charged with the murder of a woman at her home in Widnes.

David John Hoyle, aged 38, of Idle Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, appeared in custody at Halton Magistrates Court in Runcorn this morning charged with the murder of 42-year-old Rebecca Bamber.

Cheshire Police were called to her house in Mersey Road, West Bank, at 7.26am on Sunday, June 8, following reports of an assault.

The victim was found with serious injuries.

She was taken to Whiston Hospital but died a short time later.

Hoyle confirmed his name, address and date of birth during the two minute hearing.

He was remanded in custody for a bail hearing at Chester Crown Court tomorrow, Wednesday, June 11.