Police release footage of a suspect in the hunt for Lindsay Birbeck’s killer

Police investigating the death of teaching assistant Lindsay Birbeck have released footage of a suspect.

The mum went missing from home on August 12 and her body was found in Accrington Cemetery on Saturday.

Police are treating the death of 47-year-old as murder.

Today, footage has been released of a man Lancashire Police are treating as a suspect.

He is seen walking down the street pulling a wheelie bin behind him.

In a tweet accompanying the new footage, Lancs Police said: "We have today released footage of a man we are treating as a suspect in the hunt for Lindsay Birbeck’s killer.

"The CCTV shows a man walking along Burnley Road towards Accrington at about 2.30pm on August 17th – five days after Lindsay disappeared."

In a previous statement, police said: "A large team of detectives, uniformed officers and staff are working on the enquiry to establish what happened to Lindsay after she went missing and to identify who was responsible for her death."

No arrests have been made.

Ms Birbeck was last seen alive on CCTV in the village of Huncoat, near Accrington, on August 12.

Detective Supt Andy Cribbin said: “This is a fast moving inquiry and I have a team of detectives and staff working around the clock to try and find out what has happened to Lindsay and to identify who has killed her.

“I would like to thank the community for their response to our appeals so far and to continue to urge anyone who has any information which could assist us to come forward.

“I need to find out where Lindsay has gone after she was last seen on CCTV on Burnley Road at just after 4pm on August 12 and what has happened to her.

"I would continue to appeal for anyone with CCTV, especially in the area of Peel Park Avenue, to come forward and I would also like to speak to anyone who thinks they saw Lindsay, or anyone matching her description, or who saw anything suspicious in that area on the afternoon or evening of August 12 to come and speak to us.

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