An Adlington man been given a life sentence for the murder of his 54-year-old wife.

Mark Dyson, 55, of Harrison Road, Adlington, near Chorley admitted the charge when he appeared at Liverpool Crown Court last month.

He was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 14 years before he is eligible to apply for parole.

Police were called to the Dysons’ home on Harrison Road shortly after 5pm on April 29 following concerns for the safety of a woman.

Carole Dyson’s body was found inside the house.

A Home Office post- mortem examination showed the cause of death was asphyxiation.

Mark Dyson was arrested nearby a short time later.

The sentencing judge described the death as a cruel and merciless strangulation and said Carole stood no chance against Dyson’s murderous attack.

He said Carole’s pain, anguish and terror was terrible to contemplate.

Detective Inspector John Roy, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Major Investigation Team, said: “I welcome the fact that Mark Dyson has admitted the murder of his wife, which has at least spared the family the pain of a trial.

“This is a tragic case and our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Carole Dyson.”