30/07/2004

Multiple murder accused appears in court

A 34-year-old man has been appeared before Harrogate Magistrates Court this morning charged with the murders of four people in north Yorkshire.

Mark Hobson has been charged with the murders of 27-year-old twins, Claire and Diane Sanderson. He is accused of killing his girlfriend Claire Sanderson on July 7, and her sister Diane on July 17. The twins' bodies were discovered at a residence in Selby on July 18.

Mr Hobson is also accused of the murders of retired couple James Britton, 80, and Joan Britton, 82, in Strensall, on July 18.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Leeds Crown Court on 6 August.

(gmcg)

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