Lindsay Birkbeck murder: police release CCTV of suspect pulling a blue wheelie bin found at Accrington Cemetery

The blue wheelie bin in the CCTV footage was later found near Lindsay's body in Accrington Cemetery, police said.

Tuesday, 27th August 2019, 6:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 27th August 2019, 7:11 pm
A still from CCTV which police say shows a suspect in their investigation.
A still from CCTV which police say shows a suspect in their investigation.

They now say the man pulling the wheelie bin in the video is a suspect in their murder investigation.

The CCTV, captured on August 17, five days after Lindsay disappeared, shows the man walking along Burnley Road towards Accrington at around 2:30pm.

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A still from CCTV which police say shows a suspect in their investigation.

Officers said that after he passes the camera, he turns down Whitewell Road towards the cemetery where Lindsay's body was later found.

A bin similar to the one in the footage was found at the scene by investigators.

Detective Supt Andy Cribbin, who is leading the murder inquiry, said: “The man in these images is now a suspect in our investigation and I am appealing for the public’s help to try and identify him. If anyone thinks they know who this person is I would urge them to come forward and contact us urgently.

“I am however conscious that there could be a perfectly reasonable explanation for this footage so if this is you in these images then I would ask you to come and speak to us so we can eliminate you from our inquiry.”

A post mortem found Lindsay had died due to what police described as "compression of the neck".

Anyone with information can submit it through the major crime web portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020119E06-PO1

Alternatively call police on 101 quoting log number 0824 of August 26th or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.