A man has been charged with the murder of Katie Kenyon

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Photo credit: Lancashire Police
Photo credit: Lancashire Police

Police have charged a 50-year-old man, Andrew Burfield, of Todmorden Road, Burnley, with the murder of Katie Kenyon, a 33-year-old care worker and mother of two. A woman matching Katie's description was last seen getting into a Ford Transit van (registered MT57 FLC) on Todmorden Road at around 9.30AM on 22 April. Burfield is due to appear in court today. Her mobile phone was switched off at around 2pm that same day.

Katie's body is yet to be found, but Lancashire Police say they are now working on the basis that she is no longer alive and have assigned over 60 specialist officers, from across four different forces, to search for her in Gisburn Forest, situated in Lancashire's Ribble Valley.

Photo credit: Police Handout
Photo credit: Police Handout

While police say they're grateful for the efforts the local community have put in, they have asked people not to search Ribble Valley for Katie as the area is "very large and remote with no phone signal".

Det Supt Gary Brooks added, "I would hate for someone to get lost or come to harm while trying to help. Please leave it to us.

"We are continuing to search a number of different locations in connection with this investigation, including at Gisburn Forest and I am grateful to colleagues from Merseyside and North Wales, and other emergency service partners who are offering assistance in the these complex and wide-scale searches."

Katie is described as being 5ft 9in with shoulder-length strawberry blonde hair with highlights. It's believed she was wearing a blue shirt, white vest, black leggings and flip flops at the time of her disappearance.

Brooks also said Katie's family are being supported by specialist officers. "We have spoken to Katie’s family today and they are understandably extremely upset by this latest development and I have officers continuing to offer them support. My thoughts are with them at this time."

Our thoughts are with Katie's friends and family during this very sad time too.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log 800 of April 24 or they can contact officers through the major incident public portal. Alternatively, they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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