Two arrested for ‘murder’ after woman, 40, found dead yards from school gates in Rochdale

Police officers have arrested two people on suspicion of murder after a 40-year-old woman was found dead on a road near a school in Rochdale.

Kerry Newman was tragically spotted by police near Ashfield Valley Primary School on New Barn Lane in Greater Manchester at around 4.30am on July 17.

Two have been arrested on suspicion of murder after Kerry Newman was found dead on a Rochdale street


Two have been arrested on suspicion of murder after Kerry Newman was found dead on a Rochdale streetPhoto credit: Police handout

Greater Manchester Police have since arrested one Man48, and wife, 52, on suspicion of murder.

They remain in custody pending further questioning while the investigation is ongoing.

A police spokesman said: “Further investigation also indicates that Kerry was taken from an address in Freehold to New Barn Lane in Rochdale where she was later found dead, the cause of her death unknown.”

The mother of two was described by her mother and stepfather as: “A loving daughter and mother of two boys who was taken from us too soon.”

“She is in heaven with the angels now. Rest in peace our beautiful girl.”

Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Smith of GMP’s Major Incident Team said: “The investigation into Kerry’s tragic death is advancing rapidly and we want to ensure justice is sought for Kerry and her loved ones.”

“We continue to exhaust all possible investigations and thanks to these efforts we have been able to arrest two suspects and they remain in custody for questioning.”

“We continue to urge anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

“This includes any witnesses, anyone with knowledge of the incident, CCTV, dashcam or cell phone footage related to this incident. Any information you have can bring us one step closer to getting justice for Kerry.”

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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