Teenager ‘murdered’ in Stoke-on-Trent Megan Newton picture

Teenager ‘murdered’ in Stoke-on-Trent Megan Newton picture

Stoke City fan Megan Newton, 18, was found dead on Saturday afternoon. The body of a 'kind-hearted' teenage football coach with an 'amazing smi

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Stoke City fan Megan Newton, 18, was found dead on Saturday afternoon.

Stoke City fan Megan Newton, 18, was found dead on Saturday afternoon.

Stoke City fan Megan Newton, 18, was found dead on Saturday afternoon.

The body of a ‘kind-hearted’ teenage football coach with an ‘amazing smile’ was found at a flat in Stoke over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Stoke City fan Megan Newton, 18, was found dead on Saturday afternoon. 

The youth football coach had been due to go shopping with a friend the next day.  

Joseph Trevor, also 18, of Stoke-on-Trent, will appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre today charged with her murder. 

A police cordon was in place at the scene for the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Her best friend Ricardo Eccles told StokeLive the pair had been due to go shopping in Manchester the day after her death and he was devastated to hear the news.

He said: ‘When I got the phone call to say that it was Meg, I was so shocked. I refused to believe it at first.

‘Her life has been cruelly cut short in its prime. She’d only just turned 18. She had her whole life ahead of her. It’s just heart-breaking.’

He added: ‘She had the kind of smile that meant you couldn’t help smiling too.’

Mr Eccles has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help with the costs of Megan’s funeral – already raising £2,300. 

A round of applause took place during the 18th minute of Stoke City’s game against Norwich on Monday to mark Megan’s death.   

‘I’ve been a complete mess for a few days but I have to try to pull myself together for Meg. 

The teenagers had met when they both lived in the same road but would still meet up every few days.

Joseph Trevor, also 18, of Stoke-on-Trent, will appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre today charged with the murder of Megan Newton (pictured), 18

Joseph Trevor, also 18, of Stoke-on-Trent, will appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre today charged with the murder of Megan Newton (pictured), 18

Joseph Trevor, also 18, of Stoke-on-Trent, will appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre today charged with the murder of Megan Newton (pictured), 18 

Mr Eccles added: ‘She was a really bubbly person and had a really outgoing personality.

‘She was there for everyone who needed her. She would be there for her friends at the click of a finger. She was an amazing person. 

‘She was just a normal teenager. We’d sit and watch films together and go shopping. I remember her getting a Halloween costume and she looked absolutely stunning.

‘She absolutely loved football, she was mad for Stoke City. It was a real passion. She was working training young children in football when she died.

‘She had a really happy life and very much lived it to the full. She loved kids and wanted her own when she was older.

‘We’d also go out clubbing in Hanley. We just did the stuff that normal teenagers do. We were living the teenage dream.’

Staffordshire Police said in a statement: ‘Detectives investigating the death of a woman in Stoke have charged a man with her murder.

Football fan Megan is pictured with a Stoke City FC player

Football fan Megan is pictured with a Stoke City FC player

Football fan Megan is pictured with a Stoke City FC player

‘Joseph Trevor, 18, of Stoke-on-Trent, will appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre tomorrow morning (23 April).

‘The charge relates to the discovery of a woman’s body on Saturday afternoon (20 April) at a property in Fletcher Road, Stoke.

‘Formal identification of the deceased woman is yet to take place.

‘The woman’s family are being supported by specially-trained officers at this time and we would kindly urge people to respect their privacy and not to speculate as to her identity or the circumstances of the case as enquiries continue.’ 

Megan, 18, was working as a youth football coach before she died

Megan, 18, was working as a youth football coach before she died

Megan, 18, was working as a youth football coach before she died 

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