Murdered BBC man’s son in court

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A MAN has appeared in court charged with murdering his father - former BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Howard Winton Cooper.

Joseph Cooper, aged 23, of Ham Meadow, Marnhull, appeared at Weymouth Magistrates Court yesterday and was remanded in custody.

He will appear at Winchester Crown Court again tomorrow.

Mr Cooper’s body was found in a flat in Ham Meadow, Marnhull, near Sturminster Newton, Dorset on Friday evening.

Neighbours said both men were well known in Marnhull and Winton Cooper was a popular figure in the village.

Local pub landlord Gino Gibbs said: “The whole village is in deep shock, it’s all anyone is talking about.”

The presenter, who left BBC Radio Sheffield about 15 years ago, was known professionally as Winton Cooper.

He has two other sons, Oliver and Edward.

Today tributes were paid to the popular presenter who started his career on the Barnsley Chronicle and later worked at the Huddersfield Examiner before moving to BBC Radio Sheffield in the 1970s.

One comment on The Star’s website read: “RIP Winton. Enjoyed listening to him in the old days, whilst I got ready for and drove to work.”

Tributes also appeared on a Sheffield social networking site.

One read: “I used to listen to Cooper a lot in the days of Capstick when the station was at its peak.

“I met him several times and I’m sure he will be missed by Sheffield people.”

While covering the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest FA Cup semi-final tie for BBC Radio Sheffield in April 1989, Winton watched from the commentary box as the horrors of the Hillsborough disaster unfolded.

He was one of the most popular presenters at Radio Sheffield where he worked alongside former footballer Emlyn Hughes in the commentary box and hosted a weekly show.

His father was a policeman and his mum, who was from Wombwell in Barnsley, ran a pub in High Hoyland.