Woman charged with murder

A woman has been charged with the murder of a man in Blackburn.

Monday, 23rd January 2017, 5:20 am
Updated Monday, 23rd January 2017, 6:42 am
Derek Taylor, 71, from Blackburn was found by officers

Deanha Neely, 32, of no fixed address will appear at Blackburn Magistrates Court on Monday 23 January.A second woman aged 34 from Great Harwood who was also arrested on suspicion of murder has been released without charge.

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At around 7pm on January 18th police entered a premises on Cross Fold following a report of concern for welfare for a man. Once inside the property the body of Derek Taylor, 71, from Blackburn was found by officers.

Mr Taylor’s family have paid the following tribute to him: “The family of Derek Taylor (Twirl) are devastated at the shocking news surrounding the death of their father and brother. He was a character (him and his coach!) with a big heart of gold and will be greatly missed.”

A post mortem examination revealed he died having suffered significant head injuries.