Man in court on murder charge

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A MAN will appear before Preston Crown Court on Monday charged with the murder of a Colne pensioner.

George Portsmouth (24), also faces a charge of burglary at the North Street home of 80-year-old Connie French in March this year.

Mrs French died in hospital on Saturday, April 14th.

Portsmouth had originally been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm but this charge was amended by the Crown Prosecution Service following Mrs French’s death and Portsmouth was remanded in custody by Blackburn magistrates on Friday.