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    Rebecca Dykes: Uber driver ‘confesses to killing’ British diplomat in Beirut

    Rebecca Dykes was a British diplomat who worked at the UK embassy in Beirut.
    She was believed to be 30 years old at the time of her death.
    Ms Dykes had worked as the programme and policy manager for The Department of International Development in the Lebanese capital since January.
    She was a graduate of the University of Manchester, and also had a masters in International Security and Global Governance.
    Rebecca, a keen runner who spoke four languages, had been due to fly home to be with her family for Christmas this weekend.
    On Saturday December 16, Ms Dykes’ body was found by the side of a motorway after she had been sexually assaulted and strangled, Lebanese police said.
    According to The Telegraph, she had been out with colleagues the previous night before leaving alone just after midnight.
    An investigation has been launched into her death.
    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.”
    A Department for International Development spokesman said: “Our thoughts are with Becky’s family and friends at this very upsetting time.
    “There is now a police investigation and the FCO (Foreign Office) is providing consular support to Becky’s family and working with the local authorities.”
    A spokesman for the Foreign Office added: “Following the death of a British woman in Beirut, we are providing support to the family.
    “We remain in close contact with local authorities. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”
     Officers in Lebanon arrested a suspect linked to the murder of Ms Dykes in the early hours of Monday December 18.
    Security services in Beirut raided the unknown man’s house at around 3am local time – hours after launching a massive manhunt.

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