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Court appearance for man charged over Ellen's murder

18 year old Ellen Higginbottom whose body was found last week Credit: ITV Granada

A man's due to appear in court charged with the murder of a young student in Wigan.

The body of 18 year old Ellen Higginbottom was found in Orrell Water Park at the weekend after she didn't return home from college.

51 year old Mark Buckley from New Hall Lane in Preston will appear in court later.

Tributes to the teenager who's body was found in Orrell Credit: ITV Granada

Ellen's family released a statement in tribute to her saying the 18 year old wasn't into clothes, make up or jewellery but she loved baking, had a love of learning and animals.

They said 'Ellen was beauty and love and kindness."

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Two more arrests in Ellen Higgingbottom murder probe

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the murder of a teenager in Wigan.

Ellen Higgingbottom, 18, was found with multiple wounds to the neck in the Orrell Water Park area on June 17th.

Ellen Higgingbottom Credit: ITV Granada

A man and a woman, both aged 30, are being questioned on suspicion of assisting an offender.

“As of this evening, we have two further people in custody and, although we are making quick progress with our investigation, we still need people with information to get in touch with us.

“My thanks again goes to those who have already come forward with information and to those who continue to support us and Ellen’s loved ones as we carry out our enquiries.”

– Detective Superintendent Howard Millington
  • Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 9908, alternatively call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Second arrest made in investigation into death of Ellen Higginbottom

Ellen Higginbottom

A second man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a young woman's body in a park in Wigan.

18 year- old Ellen Higginbottom had been reported missing when she didn't come home from college on Friday. Detectives say she died from multiple neck wounds.

Police say a 51 year old was arrested in Preston. A 47 year old man remains in custody.

Detective Superintendent Howard Millington from GMP’s Major Incident Team said: “It is unimaginable what Ellen’s family and friends must be going through right now, and my thoughts continue to be with them throughout all of this.

“Last night we made a second arrest after our investigation identified an address in Preston.

"Today we will search the address and whilst the man is in custody for questioning.

“I wish to again thank the public for their help in this investigation. Their support and the information we have been given has been vital in this investigation.

“Whilst we have now made two arrests, our investigation continues as we piece together the puzzle to find out what exactly happened to Ellen on Friday, and give her family the answers they deserve.”

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