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She had been dating Robert Maltby, a 21-year-old art student from Manchester, for three years, and they both had a long-standing attachment to the goth subculture.The couple's family described them as "Goths", and said: "They're both intelligent, sensitive kids. She was a beautiful girl with a social conscience and values which made her a joy to know.By 5 October 2007, after questioning over 100 people, the police concluded that they were not expecting to make any more arrests in the case, and although 15–20 people were in the park at some point during the night of the attack, they believed that many were not directly involved, as the area was a regular night time hangout spot for teenagers.Local residents identified the park as a spot often used by, "drunken, violent yobs" guilty of vandalism and under-age drinking.
Both were hospitalised as a result of the attack, initially at Rochdale Infirmary.
A 15-year-old witness told police: "They were running over and just kicking her in the head and jumping up and down on her head".
One witness used a mobile phone to call for emergency services saying: "We need...
On 18 October at Burnley Youth Court all five were committed for trial at Preston Crown Court.
A preliminary hearing was held on 31 October 2007, where the five accused faced a charge of murder for the death of Lancaster and a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent for the assault on Maltby.
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Five teenage boys were later arrested and charged with murder.