Man arrested over death of British diplomat Rebecca Dykes

Man arrested over death of British diplomat Rebecca Dykes

Rebecca Dykes' body was found at the side of a road (Stock image)

Monday, December 18, 2017

A suspect has been arrested following the death of British diplomat Rebecca Dykes in Lebanon.

It is thought that the man arrested by police has confessed to murder, but this is not confirmed, according to RT.

A Lebanese security source cited by Sky News says the suspect is an Uber driver and has previous criminal violations.

The woman's body was discovered at the side of a road on Saturday (December 16) near Beirut.

Officers believe the woman may have been strangled. Before her death Dykes had attended a party for a colleague who was leaving in Beirut and police think she was possibly abducted after leaving the event which was at a bar.

Local officials have also suggested that Dykes was raped but these reports have not yet been confirmed.

A post-mortem on her body has been carried out but the cause of her death has not been released, although another post-mortem has been arranged.

The Foreign Office has said it is talking to authorities in Lebanon about the incident whilst police have stated the death was a "criminal act" which was not motivated by politics.

Dykes, who worked as a policy manager for the Department for International Development, was supposed to return to the UK for Christmas on the same day as her death.

Her family have released a statement: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened."