A 48-YEAR-OLD woman charged with the murder of her husband has been further remanded in custody by a judge at Exeter Crown Court.

Police cordoned off the village of Darite on Sunday morning after ambulance crews alerted them.

A 48-year-old man, Alan Clinch, was taken by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital suffering from a stab wound to his chest at about 10.30am but was pronounced dead on arrival.

His wife, Sandra Clinch, also 48, of Caradon Heights, Darite, was arrested and later charged with Mr Clinch's murder.

She appeared before magistrates in Bodmin on Tuesday where she spoke only to provide her name, age and address.

The case was adjourned until Wednesday at Exeter Crown Court for a bail application to be heard by a judge in chambers, as a result of which she was further remanded in custody to appear at Truro Crown Court on Tuesday.

Inquiries by officers from the Major Crime Investigation Team are continuing but a police spokesman said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with Mr Clinch's death.

Mr Clinch worked at Homebase in Liskeard and in a statement the company said: 'We are saddened by the news of the death of one of our colleagues, Alan Clinch.

'Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

'As this is a police matter, we are unable to comment further but will assist in any enquiries they have.'

One Darite resident, who asked not to be named, said: 'Alan was a great neighbour. He was very friendly and we were very fond of him.'

Another said: 'He would always stop for a chat. He was a nice chap and always had a smile on his face.'

Others recalled a community-spirited man, who had recently cut his ponytail off to raise funds for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

He was well known in the village for his passion for restoring old American cars.