Scotland

Two charged with murder of missing woman Margaret Fleming

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Image caption Margaret Fleming is believed to have been missing since 1999

The former carers of missing woman Margaret Fleming have been charged with her abduction, assault and murder.

Edward Cairney, 76, and Avril Jones, 57, were also accused of fraud and attempting to defeat ends of justice.

They made no plea when they appeared at Greenock Sheriff Court and were remanded in custody.

Ms Fleming, 36, was reported missing from her home in Inverkip last year. Police said the last independent sighting of her was in December 1999.

Mr Cairney and Ms Jones were arrested on Thursday.

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