Two people to appear in court after Blackpool woman died of 'severe emaciation and neglect'

Two people have been summonsed to appear at court in connection with the death of a woman in Blackpool.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 4:30 pm

24-year-old Deborah Leitch, known as Debbie, was found dead at a house in Garden Terrace by emergency services on August 29, 2019.

A post-mortem examination gave her cause of death as "severe emaciation and neglect with extensive scabies skin infection", police said.

Six people were interviewed as suspects in connection with the inquiry.

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Today (March 23), officers confirmed a man and woman have been summonsed to appear at court following a "thorough investigation".

"Elaine Clarke, 48, of Garden Terrace, Blackpool has been summonsed to answer the charge of gross negligence manslaughter," a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.

"Robert Bruce, 45, of Windsor Crescent, Rothwell, Leeds, has been summonsed for the offence of allowing or causing the death of a vulnerable adult.

"Both are due to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on April 20."

Deborah Leitch. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Four other people were released without charge.

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