A man has this afternoon (Friday, February 8th) been charged with the murder of Rosie Darbyshire (pictured) in Preston.
Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Benjamin Topping, 25, of St George’s Road, Preston was charged and remanded to appear before Preston Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning.
We were called at 2am yesterday morning (Thursday, February 7th) to the report of an altercation on Pope Lane in the Moor Nook area.
Emergency Services attended and found Rosie’s body on a pavement close to the junction with Village Drive. She had been subjected to a brutal and sustained assault.
A subsequent post mortem examination revealed that Rosie, 27 and from Ribbleton, died as a result of serious head injuries.
Lancashire Constabulary have today referred the matter to the Independent Office of Police Conduct following some previous contact between Rosie and the Constabulary prior to her tragic death. This is standard practice in such circumstances. It would be inappropriate to go into further detail at this stage.
Rosie’s family have been visited and made aware of the charge and the referral to the IOPC. We have family liaison officers providing them with support at this extremely difficult and sad time. Our thoughts remain with them.
We are continuing our investigation and ask anyone with information about the incident to call 101 quoting log 433 of February 7th. Alternatively, you can report information to us online here https://mipp.police.uk/ by clicking on 'Operation Bond' and filling in a short form.
We would like to thank the local community for their on-going support.