Man, 41, appears in court charged with the murder of 11-year-old boy found injured near country park


Man, 41, appears in court charged with the murder of 11-year-old boy who was found injured near country park and died later that day

  • Michael Harrison, of Eaton Terrace, Nottingham, has been charged with murder
  • The 41-year-old will appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court today
  • He has also been charged with engaging in coercive and controlling behaviour

A 41-year-old man has been charged with the murder of 11-year-old boy who was found injured near country park and died later that day.

Michael Harrison, of Eaton Terrace, Nottingham, has been charged with murder and appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court today.

He has also been charged with engaging in coercive and controlling behaviour.

The 41-year-old, who gave his address as no fixed abode, was not required to enter any pleas during a short hearing at the magistrates’ court.

He spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth before being remanded into custody. Harrison will appear at Derby Crown Court on Tuesday.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found injured near Shipley Country Park, Derbyshire, on the afternoon of Saturday, June 18. 

Police said that ambulance crews were called out to Thorpes Road, near to the park in Heanor, following reports that the 11-year-old had suffered injuries. He died later that day.

The boy was found injured near Shipley Country Park, Derbyshire, on the afternoon of Saturday, June 18. File image

Last week, Derbyshire police arrested the 41-year-old in connection with the boy’s death, following an investigation.

Officers from both Derbyshire Constabulary and the East Midlands major crime unit will be continuing with their inquiries, remaining in the area over next few days.

They are also searching for a white Vauxhall Combo van that may be displaying the registrations FL54 JBJ, FL54 JDJ, or FG57 FTO.

A spokesperson for the force added: ‘No further information into the circumstances is available at this time, but we will be issuing further witness appeals over the coming days.’ 

Anyone with information is urged to contact the force quoting reference 22*349624 by calling 101 or via its website. 

Officers from both Derbyshire Constabulary and the East Midlands major crime unit will be continuing with their inquiries, remaining in the area over next few days. File image

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