A man in his 80s has been charged with the murder of his wife, who disappeared in 1982, the UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.

David Venables, 88, is accused of killing 48-year-old Brenda Venables, who was reported missing from the couple's then home in Kempsey, Worcestershire almost 40 years ago.

West Mercia Police launched a murder investigation after the remains of Brenda Venables were found in a septic tank in the village on 12 July 2019.

In a statement confirming the charge of David Venables, head of the CPS complex casework unit, Mark Paul, said: "The decision to authorise the charge against the defendant was made after careful consideration of all the available evidence of this complex case and determining that a prosecution is required in the public interest.

Brenda Venables' remains were found in a septic tank in July 2019

"The alleged offences occurred between 2 May 1982 and 5 May 1982.

"The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether criminal charges are appropriate.

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