EIGHT police vehicles were parked this morning on Burnley Road, close to Accrington Cemetery, where the body of 47-year-old mother-of-two Lindsay Birbeck was found.

Police have not said whether this morning's activity is linked to the murder of the high level teaching assistant, who had been missing for just under two weeks.

Marked and unmarked police vehicles are stationed within the cemetery and a large part of the far end, close to the train tracks, remains cordoned off.

A blue police tent and a larger white tent have also been erected within the cordon behind the trees.

A 16-year-old boy remains in custody this morning having been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

A post-mortem examination showed that Lindsay died as a result of compression of the neck.

Speaking earlier this week Det Supt Andy Cribbin, who is leading the investigation, said: “I understand that people in the community will be concerned about what has happened and we are doing all we can to try to find out what has happened to Lindsay so we can reassure people and provide answers for her family.

“There are a large number of police in and around the Burnley Road area and if anyone has any concerns they should speak to an officer but I would urge people to go about the lives as usual.”

Ms Birbeck was last seen wearing a purple Rab bubble jacket, black leggings, a white shirt with blue pin stripes and black trainers with a white sole.

Police urge anyone with information to submit it through their major crime web portal.

Alternatively call police on 101 quoting log number 0824 of August 26 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.