16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of the murder of Lindsay Birbeck from Accrington

Lindsay Birbeck
Lindsay Birbeck

Detectives have arrested a 16-year-old youth on suspicion of the murder of Lindsay Birbeck.

Lancashire Police reported yesterday evening that the the teenager, from Accrington, was arrested following an appeal for information made earlier in the day.

He remains in custody at this time.

Lindsay’s family have been told of this latest development.

Det Supt Andy Cribbin, of the Force Major Investigation Team, 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 enquiries are very much continuing and I would continue to appeal for anyone with information to come forward, 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.”

Lindsay, 47, went missing from home on August 12 and a murder inquiry was launched after her body was found at Accrington Cemetery on Saturday, August 24.

A post mortem examination has been conducted and shows that Lindsay died as a result of compression of the neck.

Police have urged anyone with information to submit it through the major crime web portal athttps://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020119E06-PO1