Fresh appeal into mystery death of Burnley student

APPEAL: One of the taxis in Kay Street, Rawtenstall
APPEAL: One of the taxis in Kay Street, Rawtenstall

POLICE have made a fresh appeal for information following the mystery death of a Burnley College student.

The body of 18-year-old Ryan Anderton was found in Kay Street, Rawtenstall, by a passing police patrol in the early hours of Saturday, February 11th.

Ryan, who lived in Rossendale and a former student of Alder Grange High School, was studying a BTEC in business and finance at Burnley College.

Police said there were no visible signs of injury to Ryan and are still trying to establish what happened on the night.

A post mortem examination has taken place but as yet, the cause of his death is unknown.

A major investigation was launched and officers have carried out hundreds of enquiries in a bid to establish how he died.

Detectives are keen to trace two taxis that travelled down Kay Street at 3-13 a.m. and at 3-18 a.m. There are two CCTV cameras located on the road and it takes around 20 seconds to get from one camera to the other. However, it took both these taxis one minute and 20 seconds to get from camera to camera. Officers want to know what these vehicles were doing.

Around 10 minutes later four cars pass between the two cameras, with each one taking around 20 seconds to get from camera to camera. Detectives are keen to trace the drivers of those cars as they may have seen something. They believe that when those cars drove down Kay Street it is possible that Ryan was already laying on the ground.

Enquiries have revealed that Ryan had been in the Rhythm Station nightclub on Station Court just off New Hall Hey in Rawtenstall, the night before on Friday and police are keen to trace a woman who was in his company. They believe the woman could have information that could help.

Det. Supt Neil Hunter said: “In relation to the taxis, it could well be that they have travelled from nearby Burnley or Rochdale and I would ask them to cast their minds back and see if they can remember being in the Rawtenstall area at that time.

“I am also keen to trace the woman who was in the nightclub on the Friday evening. I believe that she could help us build up a more detailed picture of the events prior to Mr Anderton being found.

“This is an incredibly difficult time for Ryan’s family as they are yet to receive the answers they need to the questions they have about Ryan’s death. Dedicated family liaison officers are supporting them and will continue to do so.

“It is never too late for people to come forward with information.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Burnley Police on 101.

People with information can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or on-line at