COMMUNITY leaders in the Worth Valley have spoken of their shock after the discovery of a second body in their area in three days.

Police searching moorland south of Oxenhope yesterday, in connection with the Tyron Charles murder investigation, confirmed they had found a body, though inquiries are still ongoing to establish the identity of the deceased.

And in a separate, unrelated incident on Monday (Oct 9) police found the body of a man in his 50s in Penistone Hill Country Park, Haworth, after being alerted to a car fire at this location.

Mr Charles, of Unity Street South, Bingley, was last seen in Denholme on the night of Wednesday, September 6.

Commenting on the police finding a body close to Oxenhope's Nab Water Lane, Worth Valley ward councillor Russell Brown said: "Without knowing the details of the case I think it's unfortunate that the police had not been provided with the information they needed, so had to search for the victim for such a long time.

"That must have caused a lot of distress for his family, who I would hope are being looked after by specially trained officers.

"And I hope that the police will be able to quickly conclude this very sad case."

Cllr Glen Miller, also of Worth Valley ward, said: "It does come as a shock for two bodies to be found in such a picturesque place.

"In terms of what has happened in Oxenhope, my thoughts and prayers go to the family and now we need to leave everything else in the hands of the court."

Fellow ward councillor Rebecca Poulsen said: "It's a desperately sad situation. I hope they'll soon identify the body they've found in Oxenhope.

"If this is the man from Bingley who has been missing I can only hope this will bring some closure to his family."

Councillor Ken Eastwood, chairman of Oxenhope Parish Council, said: "This is a very tragic event and the parish council would like to offer its sympathies to the family involved."