Man, 41, in court charged with murder of 11-year-old boy

By Alex Smith
BBC News

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Shipley Country Park
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A boy was found injured near Shipley Country Park on 18 June and died later that day

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of an 11-year-old boy found injured near a park in Derbyshire.

Police said ambulance crews were called to Thorpes Road, near Shipley Country Park, in Heanor on 18 June to reports a boy had suffered injuries. He died later that day.

Inquiries led to the arrest of a man in connection with the death last week.

Michael Harrison, 41, appeared before magistrates on Monday.

Mr Harrison, who gave his address as no fixed abode, was not required to enter any pleas during the hearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court.

He spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth before being remanded into custody.

Mr Harrison, who is also charged with engaging in coercive and controlling behaviour, will appear at Derby Crown Court on Tuesday.

Derbyshire Police said officers would be continuing with their inquiries and would remain in the area over the next few days.

As part of their investigation, the force wants to find a white Vauxhall Combo van that may be displaying one of the following registrations: FL54 JBJ, FL54 JDJ, or FG57 FTO.

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