In a dramatic new development in the Linzi Ashton murder investigation detectives have released CCTV images of what they believe is a recent sighting of suspect Michael Cope. The images are taken from a convenience store on Atherton Road in Hindley, Wigan. Cope was caught on camera as he withdrew money and bought food at about 1.25pm on Sunday 14 July 2013. He is wanted for the murder of the mother of two, relatives found her body at her home on Westbourne Road, Winton on Saturday 29 June 2013. A post mortem showed she died as a result of pressure to the neck and multiple injuries.
Police have offered a £25,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Michael Cope. Two men have been charged with assisting an offender, and a third man has been bailed until next month.