Uber motorist arrested after Briton murdered in Lebanon

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Police in Lebanon have arrested an Uber motorist in tie with a murder of a British lady in Beirut.

The physique of Rebecca Dykes, who worked during a British Embassy in a city, was found by a motorway on Saturday.

The arrested male was 35 and has served several jail sentences, a comparison Lebanese confidence source told a BBC.

Ms Dykes had been intimately assaulted and strangled, and a male is approaching to be charged with rape and murder after this week, military sources said.

Her family pronounced in a statement: “We are ravaged by a detriment of a dear Rebecca. We are doing all we can to know what happened.”

Ms Dykes, who is believed to have been 30, had been operative in Beirut as a programme and process manager for a Department for International Development given Jan 2017.

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It is suspicion she spent Friday dusk during a going-away celebration for a co-worker in a renouned Gemmayzeh district of Beirut.

After withdrawal a bar during about midnight it appears she was abducted. Her physique was found tighten to a motorway on a hinterland of a city.

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The physique of Rebecca Dykes was found nearby a categorical highway outisde Beirut

The Foreign Office pronounced it was in hit with a Lebanese authorities and reliable an detain had been made.

The think was arrested in a early hours of Monday morning after military reportedly traced his automobile on trade government CCTV.

An central told a Reuters and AFP news agencies a rough review had showed Ms Dykes’s murdering “was not politically motivated”.

International village stunned

By Martin Patience, BBC Middle East correspondent, Beirut

The Gemmayzeh district of Beirut where Rebecca Dykes was final seen alive is obvious for carrying some of a city’s best and many costly bars and restaurants.

There is routinely a loose atmosphere. It is a village where unfamiliar assist workers, diplomats and reporters association with rich Lebanese mostly into a early hours of a morning.

Despite a disharmony seen elsewhere in a region, Beirut in new years has been regarded as comparatively safe. That is because this murder has left a general village so shocked.

After a late night out, many people would formerly have suspicion zero of throwing one of a cabs that manipulate a streets, or job for an Uber.

For a brief while, anyway, that is expected to change. People will be some-more clever about how they get home. Beirut might be comparatively protected though – as in any large city opposite a universe – this murder is a sign of a dangers.

Josie Ensor, a Daily Telegraph’s match in Beirut, says a box has left unfamiliar residents in a city unsettled.

Speaking to a BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, she pronounced Beirut was a “very tight-knit community, so when something happens to one person, it feels utterly close”.

Ms Ensor, who was due to attend a same celebration on Friday evening, combined Ms Dykes “had only landed on her feet in Beirut and was starting to make friends and removing to know a city”.

Hugo Shorter, a British Ambassador to Lebanon, pronounced a whole embassy was “deeply shocked” and “saddened” by a news.

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Tributes were paid to Ms Dykes in a House of Lords on Monday.

Former Conservative MP Lady McIntosh said: “The detriment of Rebecca Dykes in these resources is felt really deeply.

“And can we compensate reverence to a work that she and a all Dfid group do, mostly in really dangerous circumstances, quite during this time of year, for charitable purposes?”

The International Development Minister Lord Bates added: “It’s apparently a really pathetic time, quite for Becky’s family, though also for a people who worked with her.

“It reminds us of a scapegoat that is done by over 1,200 Dfid crew who work around a world, mostly in a many formidable and dangerous of environments.”

A Dfid orator said: “Our thoughts are with Becky’s family and friends during this really upsetting time.

“There is now a military review and a Foreign Office is providing consular support to Becky’s family and operative with a internal authorities‎.”

Who was Rebecca Dykes?

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Rebecca Dykes had been operative in Beirut given Jan 2017

Prior to her posting in Beirut, Ms Dykes worked with a Foreign Office as a process manager for a Libya group and as an Iraq investigate analyst.

According to her LinkedIn profile, she complicated anthropology during a University of Manchester, and had a master’s in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck, University of London.

She was a former student of Malvern Girls’ College and Rugby School, and had also taught English during a Chinese general school.

Ms Dykes had reportedly been due to fly behind to a UK for Christmas. She says on amicable media that she is from London.