A teenager who was found dead in a park after an “awful attack” yesterday has been identified as 16-year-old Brianna Ghey from Birchwood, Warrington as a murder investigation is launched. Police were called to Linear Park in Culcheth yesterday afternoon after public reports of a “seriously injured” woman.

Brianna’s body was found on a path in the park and she was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A post-mortem examination is taking place to find the cause of the death after Brianna suffered multiple stab wounds. Police were called at 3.13pm yesterday.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mike Evans of Cheshire Police said: “This is a truly awful attack on a 16-year-old girl, who has sadly lost her very short life. We are appealing for any information that will help us find who has done this to Brianna.

“In particular we are keen to speak to two people that were seen in the park where Brianna’s body was found who have been described as a white man and woman, in their late teens/early twenties, both with dark curly hair. The man was wearing a longish dark hooded coat and the woman had a distinctive red or purple black checked blanket-style coat and a long flowing skirt, dress or trousers.

“We are also keen to speak to anyone who was in the park from around 1.30pm until 4.00pm yesterday or anyone who may have seen Brianna in the hours leading up to her death. We would ask people and businesses within the local community to check any CCTV or dashcam footage for anything that may aid our investigation.

“I would like to reassure the local community that we are working hard to find those responsible for Brianna’s death and we have extra officers in and around Culcheth supporting the investigation. We also have officers supporting Brianna’s family at this really tragic time.”

Information can be reported on the Cheshire Police website here or by calling 101, quoting IML 1476832. Information can also be reported anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

A major police presence was spotted at the scene yesterday, with reports of armed officers and and a police helicopter. 

The MP of Warrington North Charlotte Nichols also urged anyone with information, including people with dashcam footage from the area, to come forward to help with the investigation.

On Facebook she added: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased, and I will continue to liaise with and support our local police in any way I can in ascertaining all of the facts of this case.”

Culcheth in Warrington is a large village, reported to have a population of around 11,000 people.

In December 2022, there were only 34 crimes committed in the area, according to Cheshire Constabulary.

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