Liverpool

Ellia Arathoon: M53 closed after 'human remains' find

M53 motorway and Ellia Arathoon Image copyright Google/Police handout
Image caption The motorway was closed by police investigating Ms Arathoon's disappearance

The M53 motorway has been closed to traffic as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a woman.

Police said the closure related to Thursday's discovery of possible human remains, which the force has linked to the disappearance of Ellia Arathoon.

Both carriageways were closed between 14:30 and 15:00 GMT between Junctions 9 and 10, near Ellesmere Port. One northbound lane remains closed.

The 29-year-old was last seen in the Cheshire town on 28 October.

A charge of murder was heard against Craig Andrew Procter, 39, of Shephard Close in Ellesmere Court at West Cheshire Magistrates Court earlier.

He did not enter a plea and is due before Chester Crown Court on Monday.

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