Burnley man remains in police custody on suspicion of murder

A man remains in police custody today following the death of a Burnley woman.

Wilton Street, Burnley
Wilton Street, Burnley

A 34-year-old man was stopped on Holmby Street at around 9 am yesterday (Friday) after he was seen acting suspiciously.

He was searched and arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife and taken to custody.

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Shortly after 9-30 am yesterday officers attended an address in Wilton Street to check on the safety of a woman.

A 33-year old woman was found inside the address and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Formal identification is yet to take place and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course to try to establish the exact cause of death.

A seven-month-old baby girl was also found at the address unharmed and has been taken to a place of safety.

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The man, from Burnley, was subsequently re-arrested on suspicion of murder. A spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary confirmed he remained in police custody this morning (Saturday) and will continued to be questioned all day today.”

In a statement, DI Andy Cribbin of the Force Major Investigation Team said: “This is a tragic incident involving the death of a woman and we are in the very early stages of a murder inquiry. At this stage we believe it to be an isolated incident and currently have one man under arrest. Our enquiries remain on-going and I would urge anyone who may have any information that could assist with our investigation to contact us as soon as possible.”

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Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log 368 of 22nd July..

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.