Bridge to light up in memory of Helen McCourt

A council is preparing to light up a landmark bridge in memory of murder victim Helen McCourt to mark the 30th anniversary of her death.

Tuesday, 6th February 2018, 11:09 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th February 2018, 6:14 pm
Helen McCourt

St Helens Council will bathe the Steve Prescott Bridge in yellow on an evening this week.

A council spokesman said: “Following a request from the family of the late Helen McCourt, the Steve Prescott Bridge will be lit up in her memory later this week, 30 years on since her death.”

As a way of the borough showing solidarity with her family as they continue to fight for the introduction of Helen’s Law - and to remember Helen - St Helens Council has arranged for the Steve Prescott Bridge to be lit yellow on the evening of Friday 9 February, 30 years to the day since she was murdered after being reported as missing from her Billinge home.

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Her killer, pub landlord Ian Simms, has never revealed the location of her body.

Paying tribute to her daughter, Marie McCourt said: “The 30th anniversary of Helen’s death is obviously going to be a hard day for us, but to have the Steve Prescott Bridge lit up yellow will act as somewhat of a comfort knowing that we will be in the thoughts of the people of the borough.

“As a parent, it’s haunting that I will never be able to properly grieve the loss of my daughter, but I will continue to push for Helen’s Law to be instated so that no other family has to go through the trauma that I have.”

St Helens North MP Conor McGinn has helped campaign for Helen’s Law.