William Wilkinson (pictured above) has today (Friday 17th November) admitted to murdering Edward Forrester (pictured below) in Blackpool, earlier this year.
Edward, 55, was reported missing on 2nd September. At the time Police asked for help in tracing the journey of white Peugeot Boxer van, registration KX09 XPA which was in Blackpool and Lytham St Anne’s on 2nd September. The last thing the Police expected to find was the partial remains of Edward scattered all over Blackpool and Cumbria. But tragically, that’s exactly what happened.
Extensive enquiries involving specialist search teams, uniformed officers, detectives, search dogs and colleagues from Cumbria Police were launched at multiple locations and on 13th September Police sadly made the gruesome discovery.
William Wilkinson’s plea of guilt today was made in the face of overwhelming evidence against him. Thankfully, his plea will spare Edward Forrester’s family and friends the ordeal of sitting through a trial and listening to the graphic details of how Edward was murdered, and in particular the way in which his body was then dismembered and deposited throughout the Blackpool and Kendal area.
Police hope the guilty plea brings them some small comfort and they will look forward to the case being concluded at sentencing.
Wilkinson will be sentenced on 19th January 2023.