Lindsay Birbeck: Boy, 16, in court over murder of teaching assistant, 47, who was found strangled in a cemetery

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has arrived in court today charged with the murder of teaching assistant Lindsay Birbeck after she was found strangled in a cemetery.

The 47-year-old mum had gone missing from her Accrington home on August 12 – found almost two weeks later at a local cemetery.

A post mortem examination showed she died as a result of compression of the neck.

Lancashire Police have since charged the teen boy with her murder.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will today face Blackburn Magistrates' Court.

It comes after hundreds had joined the search in a vain hope of finding Lindsay when she disappeared from Huncoat.

And after the tragic discovery on August 24, her kids Steven, 19, and Sarah, 16, paid tribute to her.

In a statement released by Lancshire Police, the mourning children said: "On behalf of the whole family we would like to thank every single person that has helped and supported us during the search for our mum – you are all aware now of the tragic circumstances and that she is no longer with us.

"Our mum always wanted the best for us and never let us down with anything.

"It saddens us deeply that someone has cruelly taken our mum away from us and now she will never see us get married, have children and set up homes of our own which she would have loved."

They added: "Our mum was very loved by all that met her including all of the pupils that she has taught over the years.

"We have not only lost our mum but we've lost our best friend too."

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