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Murder investigation after 16-year-old girl's body found in Blackpool

The body was found in an alleyway near Kirby Road, Blackpool Photo: Dave Brown, ITV Granada

Police have launched a murder investigation after the body of a 16-year-old girl was found in a back alley in Blackpool.

The discovery was made at around 9:15pm last night in an alley way at the back of Kirby Road in the South Shore area of Blackpool.

Although the body has not been formally identified, officers have established who the victim is and her family have been informed. It is not yet known how she has died and a home office post mortem examination will take place later today.

A crime scene is in place at the back alley and also at an address on Kirby Road. Specialist crime scene investigators are there carrying out a forensic search of both areas.

Officers are also checking local CCTV cameras and carrying out house to house enquiries in the Kirby Road area.

A 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman both from Blackpool were last night arrested by police and are being questioned by officers at Bonney Street.

Detectives are now appealing for anyone who was in the Kirby Road area between 4:00pm and 9:15pm and who may have witnessed anything suspicious to come forward and contact the police.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Andy Murphy from the Force Major Investigation Team said, “This is a murder inquiry and we are dealing with the suspicious death of a 16-year-old girl. I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time last night to come forward and contact the police.

“We have a large team of highly trained police officers working on this investigation and we are determined to find out exactly what happened.

“It is difficult to imagine what the girl’s family are going through and we have specially trained family liaison officers working with them to offer them support. We will be keeping them informed of the progress of our investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Incident Room at Blackpool on 101.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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