Boy, 16, arrested for murder of teaching assistant found in cemetery

Boy, 16, arrested for murder of teaching assistant found in cemetery

Arrest over murdered teaching assistant

The teenager remains in custody following the arrest by Lancashire Police (Picture: PA/Mercury)

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Lindsay Birbeck, who went missing on August 12.

The teaching assistant, 47, was found dead by a member of the public in Accrington Cemetery, Lancashire, at around 8pm on Sunday.

She was last seen alive around 4pm in the nearby village of Huncoat and died as a result of strangulation, police said after confirming her identity today.

Detectives arrested the teenage suspect from Accrington who remains in custody.

Detective Supt Andy Cribbin, said: ‘The response to our earlier appeal has been absolutely overwhelming and I would like to thank everyone who has come forward with information.

‘While we have made an arrest our inquiries are very much continuing and I would continue to appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

MERCURY PRESS. 26.08.19. Accrington, UK. Pictured: A police forensics tent is seen in Accrington Cemetery this morning [SUN]. A body of a woman was found in the grounds of the cemetery yesterday evening, as police continue to search for a missing mum-of-two. Lindsay Birbeck, 47, was last seen on CCTV in the village of Huncoat, near Accrington, on 12 August. Police said a womans body was found in Accrington Cemetery on Burnley Road at about 20:00 BST on Saturday. Officers are not yet able to confirm her identity, and a post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of death.

A police forensics tent outside Accrington Cemetery on Sunday morning (Picture: Mercury Press and Media)

Undated handout photo issued by Lancashire Constabulary of missing teaching assistant Lindsay Birbeck, 47, whose body was found by a member of the public at Accrington Cemetery on Saturday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 27, 2019. Ms Birbeck was last seen in the village of Huncoat, near Accrington, Lancashire, on Monday August 12. See PA story POLICE Accrington. Photo credit should read: Lancashire Constabulary/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Hundreds of members of the public went out to look for Linsay Birbeck, 47 (Picture: PA) 

‘However, I would urge people not to speculate and to be mindful of the comments they make, especially on social media, as this causes distress to the family and could impact on our investigation.’

The disappearance of Ms Birbeck, from Huncoat, prompted wide ranging searches by hundreds of members of the public.

Earlier on Tuesday, police released CCTV images of a suspect walking along Burnley Road towards Accrington with a blue wheelie bin at about 2.30pm on August 17.

A bin similar to the one in the footage was found near the scene where Ms Birbeck was discovered, police said.

A large team of detectives have been working on the case since Saturday.

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