Murdered mum whose body was found in cemetery died of ‘compressions to the neck’

A teaching assistant whose body was found in a cemetery this weekend died of 'compressions to the neck'.

Police are treating the death of 47-year-old Lindsay Birbeck as murder.

The mum went missing from home on August 12 and her body was found in Accrington Cemetery on Saturday.

Lancashire Police said in a statement: "A large team of detectives, uniformed officers and staff are working on the enquiry to establish what happened to Lindsay after she went missing and to identify who was responsible for her death."

No arrests have been made.


Ms Birbeck was last seen alive on CCTV in the village of Huncoat, near Accrington, on August 12.

Detective Supt Andy Cribbin said: “This is a fast moving inquiry and I have a team of detectives and staff working around the clock to try and find out what has happened to Lindsay and to identify who has killed her.

“I would like to thank the community for their response to our appeals so far and to continue to urge anyone who has any information which could assist us to come forward.

“I need to find out where Lindsay has gone after she was last seen on CCTV on Burnley Road at just after 4pm on August 12 and what has happened to her.


"I would continue to appeal for anyone with CCTV, especially in the area of Peel Park Avenue, to come forward and I would also like to speak to anyone who thinks they saw Lindsay, or anyone matching her description, or who saw anything suspicious in that area on the afternoon or evening of August 12 to come and speak to us.

“I would also like to speak to anyone who has seen anything suspicious in or around the cemetery area after August 12 or anyone who has any drone footage or dashcam footage which could assist.

“Please come forward with any information, no matter how insignificant you may think it is as it could help provide the answers Lindsay’s family desperately need.”


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