Husband charged with the murder of Wilmslow mother-of-three

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A man from Wilmslow has been charged with murder of his detective wife Leanne McKie, who served with Greater Manchester Police since 2001, working in the Serious Sexual Offences Unit.

Police Sergeant Darren McKie, 43, from Burford Close, Wilmslow, was arrested in the early hours of Friday 29th September after the body of Leanne McKie, 39, was found in a lake at Poynton Park.

He was subsequently charged with murder today (Monday 2 October) and has been remanded in police custody to appear at South and East Cheshire Magistrates' Court tomorrow, Tuesday 3rd October.

Officers investigating the murder of Leanne McKie are continuing to appeal for information from the public.

Detective Inspector Adam Waller from Cheshire Police said: "We are continuing to appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to Leanne's death to come forward. In particular we would like to speak to a group of four people who were walking past Poynton Lake in the early hours of Friday 29 September. The group were seen walking along A523, London Road North, towards Stockport at approximately 12.15am."

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area around Poynton Park between 11.30pm on Thursday 28 September and 3.30am on Friday 29 September and has witnessed anything suspicious or unusual to come forward.

They would also like to hear from anyone who believes they may have seen Leanne's red Mini (registration number DA12 DFO) during the afternoon of Thursday 28 September into the early hours of Friday 29 September.

Detective Inspector Waller: "Leanne was a devoted mum of three young children and a dedicated officer who worked tirelessly to support victims of crime. Her family, friends and colleagues have been left totally devastated by her death and she will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.

"I urge anyone who has any information that could assist our investigation, no matter how small, to get in touch."

Anyone with any information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting 93 of 29/9/2017. Information can also be reported anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.