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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Police make further appeal following murder of Diana Lee in Cranage


Detectives are appealing for information following the discovery of a woman′s body in Cranage on Thursday 9 August 2012.
At 10.58am emergency services were called to an address in Byley Lane in Cranage, near Holmes Chapel, following reports of a fire. Firefighters extinguished the blaze and officers made a search of the house. The body of a woman, 54 year old Diana Lee, was found in the garage of the address.

A post mortem revealed the cause of death to be head injuries.
A 48-year-old man from Hale in Manchester was arrested on suspicion of murder. He has since been released on police bail pending further investigations.
Detective Inspector Steve Beddows from the Major Investigation Team said: "We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw any activity in the vicinity of the home address of Mrs Lee on the morning of Thursday 9th August before the arrival of the emergency services at 11am. The entrance to the address is approximately 50 metres before the main entrance to Cranage Hall Hotel on Byley Lane when approaching it from the direction of the A50. We also appeal to anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously near to a silver Corsa in Smith Lane, Mobberley, which was later identified as belonging to the victim and had been taken from her house. Firefighters were later called to as the car had been set alight."
Detectives are also keen to trace any members of the public who saw a man cycle off on a pushbike from Smith Lane, where the car was abandoned, towards Pepper Street in Mobberley between 10 and 11 am that day.

Patrols around the area have been increased to reassure the local community and police would like to reiterate that incidents of this nature are rare in the Cranage and Holmes Chapel areas.
Anyone with information should contact the Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting incident number 285 on 9 August 2012. Information can also be given anonymously be contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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