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Saturday 17 August 2019

Suspect of young British diplomat murder 'is registered Uber driver'

Rebecca Dykes. Photo: Family Handout/PA
Rebecca Dykes. Photo: Family Handout/PA

Bassem Mroue

Lebanese authorities have detained a taxi driver suspected of the killing of a British woman who worked at the UK embassy and whose body was found near Beirut over the weekend, a police official said yesterday.

Lebanese media outlets said the man was a registered Uber driver. Police officials refused to confirm or deny those reports, or to say whether the man had a criminal record.

The woman's murder was a "criminal act" and was not politically motivated, the official said, adding that the suspect had confessed to the killing.

The woman, Rebecca Dykes, was found strangled on the side of a motorway on Saturday.

In a statement, her family said: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened."

Friends said she was planning to fly home for Christmas on Saturday.

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