Shannon Aspin dies after Blackburn fractured skull 'attack'

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Image caption Police are continuing to investigate how Shannon Aspin died

A 17-year-old girl who suffered a fractured skull in a suspected assault in Lancashire has died.

Shannon Aspin died on Tuesday night, five days after emergency services found her at a home in St Gabriel's Avenue, Blackburn, on 28 July.

Lancashire Police said she was earlier seen arguing with a man on nearby Rutland Close that evening.

A 21-year-old man from Blackburn has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains on bail.

Police are continuing to appeal for information and a post-mortem examination is due to take place.

'So much potential'

Ms Aspin's family described her as "a generous person" who was "full of life and brought joy and happiness to everyone".

"Shannon was looking forward to starting a new job and apprenticeship," they added.

"She excelled at school and was very brainy. She was an outstanding pupil.

"She was genuine and had so much love to give. She had so much potential and a bright future ahead of her."

Det Insp Julie Cross said: "This is a tragic incident involving the very sad death of Shannon and my thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.

"We are continuing our investigation to establish exactly what has happened to her and how she came about her injury."

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