Double death tragedy

Angela Edwards, who has been missing since Friday

Angela Edwards, who has been missing since Friday

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Police have launched separate investigations after two people from St Helens died over the weekend.

A body believed to be Angela Edwards, 38, from Sutton, was found in undergrowth on land near Sutton Brook on Saturday afternoon.

And 24 hours later, a 43-year-old cyclist was killed in a collision with a motorbike.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Ms Edwards, who went missing from her home on Friday.

A body was found 24 hours later after an extensive search and police appeals.

Although the body has not been formally identified, initial examinations have confirmed that the woman found is of a similar age to Angela.

Police have cordoned off the area to allow forensic examinations.

Officers are also conducting house to house enquiries and examining CCTV of the area.

The 38-year-old man arrested was released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Meanwhile, police in Lancashire are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist died following a collision.

Police are appealing for information following the incident on September 21 where a 43-year-old cyclist collided with an orange and white Yamaha motorcycle at around 2.20pm.

The male cyclist from St Helens was riding his bicycle along Rivington Road, in the direction of Belmont. He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where he died from his injuries.

The motorcyclist suffered facial injuries and was taken to Salford Hospital.

The road was closed for three hours following the incident and to allow for investigations to take place. Sgt Claire Pearson of the Road Policing Unit said: “We are trying to establish how this collision occurred – we know there were several people in the area at the time, both on foot and in vehicles and so I would ask anyone who witnessed the collision to contact us.”

Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting log number LC-20140921-0844.

Anyone with any information that could help the Angela Edwards police investigation is asked to call 0151 777 6811 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.