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Hundreds of residents join police search for missing mother-of-two

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Hundreds of residents joined police in the search for a missing mother-of-two who was last seen eight days ago.

Lindsay Birbeck, a 47-year-old teacher from Huncoat, Lancashire, was last seen entering an area of The Coppice, a park between Huncoat and Accrington, at around 4.30pm on August 12.

Around 200 people volunteered in search efforts to help emergency services search through woodland areas until 8pm last night.

In a collective statement, local residents, Linda Sheer, Kelly Baxendale, and Cath Hutchinson said:

It's very emotional.

It’s upsetting but makes us feel differently about our community. It makes us have a different perspective, and [others] about how they perceive the community.

People think they don’t care about anybody anymore, but we do. It proves that people do care for people. We aren’t the minority. The majority of people do care. It brought tears to our eyes.

– Local Residents
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Detective Chief Inspector Allen Davies, who is leading the investigation provided an update on August 19:

Lindsay has not been identified or found.

I'm keen to speak to anybody who may have possibly been in the area of The Coppice and might have seen Lindsay or possibly seen Lindsay exit The Coppice area.

Her disappearance is very out of character. Lindsay has never gone missing before, the longer time goes on the police are becoming increasingly concerned for her.

– Detective Chief Inspector Allen Davies
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Lindsay is understood have links to Accrington and Burnley, as well as Kendal, Cumbria.

She is described as white, slim, 5ft 11in, with shoulder-length dark hair and was wearing a purple bubble jacket, black leggings, and trainers.