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.
The murder of Sophie Lancaster occurred in the United Kingdom in 2007.
They were originally charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent, but following Lancaster's death the Crown Prosecution Service upgraded the charges.Lancaster, in a deep coma, was placed on life support and moved to Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, then to the neurology unit at Hope Hospital (now Salford Royal Hospital) in Salford.The hospital staff determined that she would never regain consciousness, and on 24 August 2007 her life support was terminated.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.