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Boy, 16, charged with murder of teaching assistant found in cemetery

Body found in cemetery was missing teaching assistant who had been strangled

Mother Lindsay Birbeck was found dead next to a cemetery in Lancashire (Picture: Mercury Press & Media)

A teenager has been charged with the murder of teaching assistant Lindsay Birbeck.

The body of mother-of-two, 47, was found by a member of the public at around 8pm on Sunday August 25 in Accrington Cemetery, Lancashire.

Hundreds of members of the public had gone out looking for the mother after she went missing from her home in the village on August 12.

But she was later found at the cemetery having died as a result of strangulation, said police.

A 16-year-old local boy was arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday.

But two days later detectives were given a further 36 hours by magistrates to continue questioning the boy in custody.

Lancashire police confirmed on Saturday afternoon that the teenager had been charged with her killing.

Lindsay Birbeck, 47, whose body was found in Accrington Cemetery by a member of the public on Saturday, as children of the murdered teaching assistant say she was ???very loved by all that met her including all of the pupils that she has taught over the years?

Lindsay with son Steven, 19, who said issued an emotional tribute to his mum along with his sister (Picture: Lancashire Constabulary/PA)

Lancashire Constabulary of Lindsay Birbeck (right), 47, whose body was found in Accrington Cemetery by a member of the public on Saturday, as children of the murdered teaching assistant say she was ???very loved by all that met her including all of the pupils that she has taught over the years?

Lindsay with her daughter Sarah, 16 (Picture: Lancashire Constabulary/PA)

Lindsays two teenage children issued an emotional tribute to their mother on Friday, who said she was very loved by all that met her including all he pupils that she taught over the years.

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In a statement issued on their behalf by Lancashire Police, Ms Birbecks children Steven, 19, and Sarah, 16, said they have lost a best friend as well as a mum.

They said: On behalf of the whole family we would like to thank every single person that has helped and supported us during the search for our mum.

You are all aware now of the tragic circumstances and that she is no longer with us.

Lindsay was a great mum and wife, much-loved daughter, loving aunty and sister-in-law and a great friend too.

She loved running, walking, camping and socialising with her small circle of friends.

Our mum always wanted the best for us and never let us down with anything.

A police forensics tent is seen in Accrington Cemetery this morning [SUN]. A body of a woman was found in the grounds of the cemetery yesterday evening, as police continue to search for a missing mum-of-two. Lindsay Birbeck, 47, was last seen on CCTV in the village of Huncoat, near Accrington, on 12 August. Police said a womans body was found in Accrington Cemetery on Burnley Road at about 20:00 BST on Saturday. Officers are not yet able to confirm her identity, and a post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of death.

The mothers body was found on August 25 (Picture: Mercury Press)

A police forensics tent is seen in Accrington Cemetery this morning [SUN]. A body of a woman was found in the grounds of the cemetery yesterday evening, as police continue to search for a missing mum-of-two. Lindsay Birbeck, 47, was last seen on CCTV in the village of Huncoat, near Accrington, on 12 August. Police said a womans body was found in Accrington Cemetery on Burnley Road at about 20:00 BST on Saturday. Officers are not yet able to confirm her identity, and a post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of death.

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