How long do police have before they charge or release a murder suspect?

Rosie Darbyshire, 27, was found dead in Pope Lane, Ribbleton, on Thursday
Rosie Darbyshire, 27, was found dead in Pope Lane, Ribbleton, on Thursday

Detectives questioning man over the murder of Preston mum-of-one Rosie Darbyshire have a limited amount of time to interview the suspect before a charging decision is made.

Under the current law, police have 24 hours from the time of the arrest before officers have to charge the person arrested with a crime or release them.

Police at the scene on Thursday

Police at the scene on Thursday

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However, in the case of a serious crime, including murder, police can apply to hold the suspect for up to 96 hours.

If it is decided there is not enough evidence for a charge to be made, police can decide to release a suspect on police bail.

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The 25-year-old man arrested yesterday morning on suspicion of Ms Darbyshire's murder has been in custody since around 9.30am on Thursday.

The family of Ms Darbyshire have paid a heartbreaking tribute to their "talented crazy, goofy Rosie".

The 27-year-old, from Ribbleton died as a result of serious head injuries after police were called to the Moor Nook area in the early hours of this morning.

Paying tribute to her, Rosie’s family said: “It doesn't seem real that our crazy, wig-wearing, talented, goofy Rosie won't be bursting through the door in song anymore."