No charge over body find

Croft Road where Bridget Lawton was found dead

Croft Road where Bridget Lawton was found dead

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Five people arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of a Chorley grandmother have been released without charge.

The three men and two women were questioned by police investigating the sudden death of Bridget Lawton, 42, on March 22.

The mother-of-one’s body was found by passers-by in a snow-filled Croft Road, at the junction with Cowling Brow.

A major investigation was launched involving Lancashire Police’s Major Incident Team and Chorley CID, but a post-mortem examination carried out by a Home Office pathologist showed no signs of physical abuse.

A spokesman for Chorley Police said: “Two women aged 29 and three men aged 27, 33 and 35 were arrested in connection with the death.

“They were later released on police bail until May 13, but they have now been released without charge.”

The grandmother was rushed to Chorley Hospital after passers-by raised the alarm at around 9.45pm on the Friday, but she was pronounced dead shortly after.

Police said they were treating her death as ‘unexplained.”

An inquest in to her death has now been scheduled for July at Preston Coroner’s Court.

Paying tribute to her at the time, a family friend of the former Holy Cross School pupil said: “Bridget absolutely doted on her grandchildren and she loved to spoil to them.

“She was excited as her daughter Amy is expecting her third child. Everyone is in shock and is heartbroken.

“I don’t think it has sunk in yet - we all just can’t believe it.”

Family from Ireland were expected to travel to Chorley for her funeral.