Murder investigation launched after death of woman in Burnley

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Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a woman in Burnley

A man was stopped on Holmby Street at around 9am today after he was seen acting suspiciously.

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

Shortly after 9-30am 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 34-year-old man from Burnley was subsequently re-arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

Enquiries are on-going and a scene is currently in place at the address on Wilton Street and on Holmby Street where the man was stopped.

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 101quoting log 368 of 22nd July..

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