Man quizzed over murder

A WOMAN found dead in a disused St Annes stable was today named as Geraldine Evans.

Miss Evans, 43, of St Andrews Road South, St Annes, the daughter of retired local GP Graham Evans, was discovered yesterday by workmen.

Her heartbroken family today closed ranks at their exclusive detached home on Beauclerk Road, close to the clubhouse of the Royal Lytham St Annes golf course, as they struggled to come to terms with the tragedy.

And fighting back the tears, Miss Evans' sister, Annabel, said: "The family are far too upset to speak about what has happened at the moment. I can't bring myself to speak about Geraldine because I am devastated."

Murder squad detectives were called to the disused barn off Queensway in St Annes at around 9.30am yesterday.

The barn is adjacent to a boarded-up bungalow which once belonged to British Olympic showjumper Johnny Greenwood.

Forensic detectives were called to the scene to search for evidence and were expected to spend the rest of today completing their inquiries.

Det Supt Paul Buschini, the chief officer in the case, said: "A post mortem examination was carried out today and we are awaiting the results.

"We will be continuing to question a 41-year-old man in connection with the incident and are still appealing to members of the public who saw Miss Evans from Monday onwards to get in touch.

"The response so far has been fantastic because she was such a well known member of society."

Miss Evans, a former pupil of Queen Mary School, Lytham, suffered from schizophrenia and was known locally as "the walker". She shunned cars and public transport and was a familiar sight in her designer clothes, walking for miles along the roads of South Fylde.

She was involved in a relationship with on-off boyfriend, Benjamin Roberts, formerly of Medlock Avenue, Fleetwood, who earlier this week appeared at court accused of her assault. He pleaded not guilty and the couple left court holding hands.

Anybody who can help with police inquiries should call (01253) 293933 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.