Appeal over death of Ryan Anderton in Rawtenstall

Crime scene Rawtenstall
Image caption Mr Anderton was found by a passing police patrol car on Saturday

Police are appealing for information over the death of a man who was found in a Lancashire town on Saturday.

Ryan Anderton was found by a police patrol car on Kay Street in Rawtenstall at about 03:50 GMT.

An ambulance was called but the 18-year-old, who was from the local area, died at the scene. His death is being treated as unexplained.

Two men have been arrested and are being questioned at Burnley police station.

Police are trying to trace Mr Anderton's last movements and are appealing to anyone who may have been with him in the hours before he was found.

'Sorely missed'

They are looking in particular for a woman who was seen standing near to the railings on the corner of Bacup Road and Kay Street at about 03:45 GMT.

The woman is described as white, between 28 and 30-years-old, about 5ft 4in (1.6m) tall and of slim build with shoulder length, dark, straight hair.

Police said she was wearing a turquoise/green, sequined low cut top and black trousers. It is believed that she later left the area in a vehicle.

Det Supt Neil Hunter, from the Lancashire Police's major investigation team, said: "I would appeal to this lady to get in touch with us as she could have information that is crucial to the investigation.

"From what we know so far, it appeared that she was distressed at the time and so we are keen to speak to her. Her distress may be unrelated but it may have been borne out of something she witnessed that night."

Mr Anderton's family said: "Ryan was studying finance and accountancy at Burnley College and was hoping to go on to university next year.

"He was a kind hearted lad, well liked and loved by everyone who knew him.

"He will be sorely missed and forever in our hearts."

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