Parbold murder probe: Investigation continues after 17-year-old charged with murder

Detectives investigating the shocking death of a teenager in Parbold are continuing their appeal for information after charging a 17-year-old with murder.


The appeal came as part of Lancashire Police's investigation into the murder of 18-year-old Alex Davies from Skelmersdale, whose body was found in woodlands on Parbold Hill last Wednesday. He had not been seen since last Monday, April 29.

The body of Alex Davies was found in woodlands on Parbold Hill

The body of Alex Davies was found in woodlands on Parbold Hill

On, Friday, detectives arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of murder, and later charged him with murder and possessing a knife. He will appear at Preston Crown Court tomorrow (Wednesday, May 8).

Detectives are continuing their investigation and are keen to speak to anyone with dashboard mounted camera footage from the Parbold Hill area.

Officers want footage from motorists of any cyclists, particularly those riding mountain bikes, between 1pm and 5.30pm on Monday, April 29.

Det Ch Insp Geoff Hurst, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major investigation Team said: “My thoughts and the thoughts of every member of the team that have worked on this inquiry are with Alex’s family and friends at this exceptionally tragic and difficult time.

“I am aware of the huge impact this crime has had on the community of Parbold, but I am heartened at the way that same community has pulled together and been so respectful to Alex, his family and to my officers who have been out trying to find the evidence that we need.

“While a youth has been charged our enquiries will still continue in the Parbold and Chorley areas and I would urge you to continue supporting the investigating officers.

“If you have any information that you think may be relevant, no matter how small, please let us know by calling 101 quoting log reference 0460 of May 3 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Alternatively you can submit information through the major crime web portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020119S01-PO1

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log reference 0460 of May 3 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you have any dashcam footage which can assist with the investigation, please go to www.doitonline.lancashire.police.uk and click ‘Report a Crime or Incident’.

Alternatively you can submit information through the major crime web portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020119S01-PO1