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Posted 08 July 2005 - 01:30 PM

July 08, 2005
By Times Online and PA

Police launched a murder inquiry today after a ten-year-old girl was found dead only yards from her home in Greater Manchester.

Lauren Pilkington-Smith vanished after spending the evening playing with friends in Leigh, Lancashire. Her parents, Alison Pilkington and Glen Smith, became concerned when she failed to return home at around 20.00 BST and reported her missing at 22.13 last night. Police joined around 20 family and friends in a desperate late-night search for the missing child.

Lauren’s grandfather discovered her body at around 02.30 this morning just 200 yards from her home on Twist Lane, Leigh, in a wooded area close to the banks the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. Police cordoned off the scene while forensic scientists combed the area for clues.

Detective Superintendent Andy Tattersall, who is leading the murder hunt, said a post-mortem investigation was due to be carried out to determine the cause of death.

He said: "Our investigation is at a very early stage and we don’t yet know exactly how Lauren died but officers are currently at the scene working to recover any forensic evidence from the area. Lauren’s body is still at the scene but a Home Office post-mortem examination will take place as soon as we are able to move her. Lauren’s death is a tragic incident and our thoughts and sympathies are with her friends and family."

Brian Fawcett, the headteacher of Leigh Church of England Junior School which Lauren attended, said that she was a "lovely, lively, and successful girl". "All of us in school are absolutely devastated and saddened by the tragic news of Lauren’s death. Lauren was a happy, popular and successful pupil in our Year Six age group and our sincere condolences and love are extended to Lauren’s family."

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Girl found dead in woods
Paul Britton and Neal Snowdon


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A GIRL of 10 missing from home was today found dead.

Lauren Pilkington-Smith's body was found by her grandfather in woods just yards from her home. It had been partially covered with foliage near to Sanderson Street in Leigh.

Police today launched a murder hunt.

The youngster's parents from Twist Lane, Leigh, raised the alarm when she failed to come home at 8pm last night after going out to play with friends.

As police and family members scoured the local area looking for her, Lauren's grandad made the gruesome discovery at around 2.30am.

Forensic experts have started the painstaking task of carefully examining her body and the area where she was found for any clues to how she died.

Lauren had two sisters, 15-year-old Rebecca and Ciara, aged two-and-a-half. She also had a four-year-old brother, Sam.

The popular pupil at Leigh C of E School loved football, was a keen Manchester United fan and liked golf and BMX bikes.

In a statement released through police, mum Alison Pilkington-Smith and dad Glen Smith, said: "Lauren was a beautiful, lively little girl.



Police at the scene"The family has been left devastated by what has happened. Our world has collapsed in the last 24-hours and we cannot even begin to think about what we will do without her.

"Lauren was a tomboy who loved playing out and everyone around here adored her.

"We don't know how we will come to terms with this."

Today, neighbours said they were shocked to hear what had happened to the youngster.

Headteacher Brian Fawcett said: "All of us in school are absolutely devastated and saddened by the tragic news of Lauren's death.

"Lauren was a happy, popular and successful pupil in our year six age group and our condolences and love are extended to her family. The children and staff are being lovingly supported by our vicar and officers from the local education authority."

Det Supt Andy Tattersall said: "The area of land where the youngster's body was found remains cordoned off. Lauren's body is still at the scene, but a Home Office post mortem examination will take place as soon as we are able to move her.

"Lauren's death is a tragic incident and our thoughts and sympathies are with her friends and family."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 7351 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Manchester Evening News


Friday, 8th July 2005
Missing girl: Body found


Police at the scenePOLICE hunting for a 10-year-old girl missing from her home today found a child's body.

Officers were alerted that Lauren Pilkington had gone missing in the Leigh area of Wigan shortly before 10.15 last night.

An immediate search was launched and a child's body was discovered on an area of grass and trees at the end of Sanderson Street in the town at around 2.30am.

The place where her body was discovered is only a short distance from her home.

It is thought her body was covered with leaves and twigs.

While the missing girl was named, it has not been confirmed it is her body which has been found.

It is believed detectives are treating the girl's death as suspicious.

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It is understood that the girl had been playing with friends before she went missing.

She returned home for a drink before going out again.

Her family realised she was missing at about 7.10pm. They started their own hunt before alerting police and a full-scale search operation was launched.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "At this stage this is being treated as suspicious. It does not appear to be an accident."

It is understood the missing girl attended Leigh C of E Junior School in nearby Henrietta Street, Leigh.

Brian Fawcett, headteacher at the school, said: "We are all absolutely devastated and distressed by the news.

"This has saddened and distressed us all."

Mr Fawcett said the girl's classmates were being told of the news at an assembly.

Manchester Evening News

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 01:55 PM

Murder hunt after girl, 10, found in woods

A MURDER inquiry has been launched after the body of a missing 10-year-old Leigh girl was found by her grandfather in woods.


Lauren Pilkington-Smith's body was found near her home in Twist Lane, Leigh, early on Friday morning.

Her family had been searching for her with police and members of the public since she went missing shortly after 10pm on Thursday night.

Lauren's family became concerned when she did not return home after playing with friends.

Det Supt Andy Tattersall, who is leading the investigation, said: "We don't yet know exactly how Lauren died, but we have cordoned off the spot where her body was found and officers are currently at the scene working to recover any forensic evidence from the area.

"Lauren's death is a tragic incident and our thoughts and sympathies are with her friends and family."

Lauren's mother, Alison Pilkington-Smith, and father, Glen Smith, paid tribute to their "beautiful, lovely little girl".

"Our world has collapsed in the last 24 hours and we can't even begin to think what we will do without her," they added.

"Lauren was a tomboy who loved playing with her friends.

"Everyone around here loved her. She was football-mad and a huge Manchester United fan. She loved playing golf and riding her BMX."

Her parents are now comforting Lauren's sister Rebecca, 15, brother Sam, four, and two-and-a-half-year-old Ciara.

A post-mortem examination is due to be held.

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 04:18 PM

At the end of a bad news week and just to prove that life goes on we have another sad story of a vile act against an innocent. Spare a thought for the family. With recent events which do although deserve prominence in the news I hope this is one story that doesn't get buried under the media fenzy that is going on elsewhere.

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Posted 09 July 2005 - 10:28 AM

May God bless Lauren and her family, and may she rest in peace.

And may whoever is responsible rot in hell.

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Posted 11 July 2005 - 12:18 AM

I am feeling sadness and anger.

I wish that gov'ts would start cutting the balls off of these baby rapers.

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Posted 11 July 2005 - 08:02 AM

GMP want to speak to 2 Young Boys who were sen with her that day. Police have revealed that she was battered over the head.

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Posted 16 July 2005 - 10:26 PM

Man remanded over Lauren murder

Last Updated: Saturday, 16 July, 2005, 10:51 GMT 11:51 UK

An 18-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a 10-year-old girl whose body was found in woodland.

Lauren Pilkington-Smith was discovered on 8 July in an area close to Twist Lane in Leigh, Greater Manchester.

Kieron Smith, from Pilling Street in Leigh, appeared before Wigan Magistrates on Saturday morning.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on 25 July.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Lauren died after sustaining serious head injuries.

She was reported missing on 7 July after she had been playing cricket with friends.

Her grandfather found her body just 200 yards from her home.


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