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Husband charged with murder of Manchester detective Leanne McKie

The body of GMP detective Leanne McKie was found at Poynton Park. Credit: GMP

The husband of a detective whose body was found in a lake has been charged with her murder.

Leanne McKie, 39, a serving Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officer from Wilmslow, was found dead in Poynton Park, Cheshire, on Friday.

Darren McKie, 43, also a GMP officer, will appear at Crewe Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said: "Darren McKie, from Burford Close, Wilmslow, was arrested in the early hours of Friday 29 September after the body of Leanne McKie was found in a lake at Poynton Park.

"He was subsequently charged with murder today and has been remanded in police custody to appear at South and East Cheshire Magistrates' Court tomorrow."

Earlier on Monday, police said they wanted to speak to a group of four people who walked past the lake off London Road North, Poynton, in the direction of Stockport at 12.15am on Friday.

Detectives said they were keen to hear from anyone who was in the area around Poynton Park between 11.30pm on September 28 and 3.30am the following day, and who may have witnessed anything suspicious or unusual.

Police have asked anyone who saw Mrs McKie's red Mini to come forward. Credit: GMP

They also reiterated their appeal to anyone who believes they may have seen the Wilmslow mother-of-three's red Mini car, registration number DA12 DFO, during the afternoon of September 28 and into the early hours of September 29 to come forward.

Detective Inspector Adam Waller, from Cheshire Police, said the investigation into her death is ongoing.

Leanne was a devoted mum of three young children and a dedicated officer who worked tirelessly to support victims of crime.

Her family, friends and colleagues have been left totally devastated by her death and she will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.

I urge anyone who has any information that could assist our investigation, no matter how small, to get in touch.

– Det Insp Adam Waller

Anyone with any information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting 93 of 29/9/2017. Information can also be reported anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.