Tributes to murdered ex-presenter

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THE head of the BBC in Yorkshire has paid tribute to a former Radio Sheffield presenter who was found dead in his home - allegedly murdered by one of his sons.

Winton Cooper, aged 64, started his career at the Barnsley Chronicle, hosted Radio Sheffield’s Breakfast show, and covered sport and news during the 1980s and ’90s. He was found dead in his home in the village of Marnhull, Dorset, last Friday, after a neighbour raised the alarm.

His 23-year-old son Joseph Cooper, of the same address, was arrested by police and has since appeared at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court charged with murder.

Tim Smith, acting Head of BBC Yorkshire, said: “We are shocked and saddened by the death of former BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Winton Cooper.

“Winton worked for the station for many years up to the 1990s and on many different programmes from Breakfast to Drive.

“He made a huge contribution to the station and will be remembered and missed by many of our listeners.”

Joseph Cooper has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Winchester Crown Court today in connection with his father’s death.