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Husband admits murdering mother-of-four wife, 46

A husband has admitted murdering his wife after her remains were found at a beauty spot.

Thomas McCann, 49, pleaded guilty to murdering Yvonne McCann, 46, after the mother-of-four was found dead at Reddish Vale Country Park in Stockport, Greater Manchester, in May last year. 

McCann, who faces a life sentence, appeared during a brief hearing at Minshull Street Crown Court this afternoon via video link from prison.

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at the end of the month.   

Yvonne McCann, 46, was found dead at Reddish Vale Country Park in Stockport, Greater Manchester, in May last year

An investigation was launched by police (officers search Reddish Vale Country Park in Stockport) before McCann was charged with murder 

No further details about the case were disclosed in court.

In May last year an investigation was launched by police after a member of the public found human remains at the park on May 25.

Specialist teams spent days searching the park before McCann was charged with murder and appeared before magistrates on May 30. 

Speaking at the time Detective Superintendent Neil Jones, from Greater Manchester Police, said: 'This is an absolutely devastating incident.

'First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victim's loved ones and specialist officers will do everything they can to support them.

'Understandably, this news may cause concern within the community but I would like to provide some reassurance by saying that, at this time, we believe that this was an isolated incident.' 

Members of Ms McCann's family were in court to hear Thomas McCann, enter his plea today. 

Judge Alan Conrad QC told McCann: 'I am going to fix the sentence date in this case as March 29, on which date you will be produced in court.

'You will be remanded in custody until then.'

Ms McCann's children described their mother as 'funny, loud, caring and loving' who 'was never happier than when she had her family around her'

Police officers in Manchester began searching Reddish Vale Country Park in May last year

Floral tributes laid at Reddish Vale Country Park in Stockport after Ms McCann's death

In a tribute issued last year by Ms McCann's children, they described their mother as 'funny, loud, caring and loving' who 'was quick to smile and had time for anyone'.

They said: 'If anyone was to be asked to describe our Mum in one word, funny, loud, caring, loving are just a few. Our Mum raised four children and was a Nanna to two beautiful Grandchildren.

'There was never a quiet moment in our house, we knew we were loved unconditionally, and she taught us to stick up for ourselves, but also to be kind and to treat people right.

'Our Mum was never happier than when she had her family around her, and always put her children first. Mum was ''louder than life'' – we often heard her belly laugh before we even saw her. She was quick to smile and had time for anyone.

'Mum never took life too seriously, she was always joking and laughing, and it's difficult to find a photograph of her where she isn't pulling a funny face or sticking her tongue out. There was nobody like our Mum.

'She was our world and we were hers, we have lost the heart of our family. 

'Mum was the bond that kept us all together, and we feel numb and broken without her. We know she would want us to enjoy our life every bit as much as she did. 

'It brings us comfort to know that she is now with our Grandparents who she dearly missed.

'We would like to express our gratitude to friends and family for their kind thoughts, and would like to request some privacy at this tragic time.'

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