Burnley man remains in police custody on suspicion of murder

Wilton Street, Burnley

Wilton Street, Burnley

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

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.

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.

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.”

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.