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Preston man arrested in connection with Ellen Higginbottom murder

Posted on - 19th June, 2017 - 7:35am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, News
Ellen Higginbottom had been reported missing by her family on Friday and was later found dead
Ellen Higginbottom had been reported missing by her family on Friday and was later found dead

Police investigating the death of a student found dead at a water park in Wigan have arrested a Preston man.

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Greater Manchester Police say a 51-year-old man was arrested overnight at an address in Preston.

He has been arrested on suspicion of murder. It is not known at this stage where the man was arrested.

18-year-old Ellen Higginbottom was found dead in Orrell Water Park at around 2.30am on Saturday (17 June).

A post mortem examination revealed multiple wounds to her neck.

Latest update: Preston man charged with murder of teenager Ellen Higginbottom

A 47-year-old man arrested on Sunday on suspicion of murder remains in police custody and is being questioned.

Detective Superintendent Howard Millington, from Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident Team, said: “It is unimaginable what Ellen’s family and friends must be going through right now, and my thoughts continue to be with them throughout all of this.

“Last night we made a second arrest after our investigation identified an address in Preston.

“Today we will search the address and whilst the man is in custody for questioning.

“I wish to again thank the public for their help in this investigation. Their support and the information we have been given has been vital in this investigation.

“Whilst we have now made two arrests, our investigation continues as we piece together the puzzle to find out what exactly happened to Ellen on Friday, and give her family the answers they deserve.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 9908, alternatively call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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