Man held as WPC’s body found in lake

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Gil­lian Craw­ley

A MAN aged 43 was be­ing ques­tioned by de­tec­tives last night after the body of a po­lice­woman was found in a lake early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Po­lice were called to Poyn­ton Park in Cheshire at about 3.45am.

The vic­tim is be­lieved to be mother-of-three PC Leanne McKie, 39, who was serv­ing with Greater Manch­ester Po­lice.

De­tec­tives said the man from Wilm­slow had been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der and was be­ing held in po­lice cus­tody. Po­lice cor­dons were in place in Poyn­ton and Wilm­slow last night as in­quiries con­tin­ued.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Adam Waller said: “In­ves­ti­ga­tions into her death are on­go­ing and we are work­ing hard to es­tab­lish the full cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the in­ci­dent.

“We are aware of a number of ru­mours cir­cu­lat­ing in re­la­tion to the iden­tity of the vic­tim and, whilst for­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion has not yet taken place, we do be­lieve that the vic­tim is Leanne McKie, from Wilm­slow.

“Leanne was a mother of three young chil­dren and a serv­ing po­lice of­fi­cer in Greater Manch­ester Po­lice. Our thoughts at this dif­fi­cult time are with Leanne’s fam­ily, friends and col­leagues.”

Mrs McKie lived with her hus­band, Dar­ren, 43, and chil­dren Ge­orge, 11, Tal­lu­lah, six, and Clau­dia, three. The dot­ing mother took keen cricket fan Ge­orge to matches and was a fan of Ra­dio Two’s Jeremy Vine. She also raised money for re­search into brain tu­mours.

Mr McKie, a keen run­ner, worked as a sergeant in the Urm­ston and Part­ing­ton neigh­bour­hood polic­ing team.

Po­lice, who have ap­pealed for wit­nesses, are not look­ing for any­one else.

Mother-of-three Leanne McKie

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