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Lindsay Birbeck murder retrial - final prosecution witness to be called

By Amy Farnworth

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    Lindsay Birbeck, a mother-of-two from Huncoat, went missing on August 12 last year.
  • Her body was found in Accrington Cemetery on August 24, 12 days after she disappeared.
  • Police launched a missing person appeal and extensive searches of the areas close to Burnley Road, where Mrs Birbeck lived, were carried out by officers and members of the local community.
  • On August 27, a 16-year-old boy was arrested in connection with Mrs Birbeck’s disappearance and on August 31, detectives charged the teenager with her murder.
  • The boy is now 17-years-old and denies killing Mrs Birbeck, but has pleaded guilty to a new charge of assisting an unknown man in the moving and disposal of a body.
  • Due to the coronavirus crisis and social distancing difficulties making it impossible to seat a jury, full counsel, the public and the press in one courtroom, the trial was adjourned from its original set date of June 15 to the new date of August 3, almost a year to the day that Mrs Birbeck went missing.