Ellen Higginbottom murder: Preston man charged

Ellen Higginbottom murder: Preston man charged

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Ellen Higginbottom was reported missing by her family on Friday after failing to return home from college

A man has been charged with the murder of an 18-year-old student whose body was found at beauty spot.

Ellen Higginbottom was found with multiple stab wounds at Orrell Water Park, Wigan early on Saturday.

She had been reported missing by her family at 19:20 BST on Friday after failing to return home from college.

Mark Steven Buckley, 51, of New Hall Lane, Preston has been remanded in custody and will appear at Wigan Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Three other people have been arrested in connection with her death.

A 47-year-old Wigan man is being held on suspicion of murder and a man and a woman, both 30 and from Wigan, are being questioned on suspicion of assisting an offender.

‘Absolutely wonderful’

Friends said Ellen was last seen at the water park. Police found her body at about 02:30 BST on Saturday during a search.

Her boyfriend Ryan Warren said in a tribute on Facebook she was his “rock” who he and his family “will miss dearly but will hold forever in our hearts”.

“Her bubbly, happy, flamboyant personality and witty humour made her precious to so many,” he said.

Louise Tipping, principal at Winstanley College where Ms Higginbottom studied, said: “Ellen was absolutely wonderful.”

She added the student ambassador was “much loved” and “one of those people who lit up the room”.

Source: BBC – UK News

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