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Salford killer appeals against 27 year jail sentence

Michael Cope
Michael Cope jailed for 27 years for murder Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man jailed after strangling his ex-girlfriend at her home in Salford will appeal his 27 year jail term today. Michael Cope went on the run after killing Linzi Ashton in June last year. The court heard she had more than 100 injuries. Cope admitted admitted murder at Manchester Crown Court.

Linzi Ashton
Linzi Ashton murdered at her Salford home Credit: Greater Manchester Police
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Flowers in memory of Linzi Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Ricky Hatton taking part in football match in memory of Linzi Ashton

Linzi Ashton's body was found at her home in Winton last summer Credit: GMP

Boxing legend Rickie Hatton will be taking part in a charity football match this afternoon in memory of a mother who was murdered by her boyfriend.

Linzi Ashton, who was 25, was beaten and strangled by Michael Cope, 28, at her home in Salford last June.

Today, former Manchester City players will play a side made up of police officers, firefighters and probation workers, to raise money for Victim Support.

City players expected to take part include: Peter Barnes, Paul Dickov, Shaun Goater, Ian Brightwell and Asa Hartford.

It takes place from 14:00 at Hyde FC.

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Murder suspect could be using canals to evade police

Michael Cope Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police in Manchester say murder suspect Michael Cope could be using the canal network in Salford to evade capture.

Cope, 28, who police believe could be sleeping rough, is wanted over the murder of mum-of-two Linzi Ashton.

Click here to read more about Linzi Ashton's murder and the hunt for Michael Cope.

Three men being questioned in hunt for murder suspect

Three men are now being questioned by detectives in the manhunt for Michael Cope, wanted in connection with the murder of Linzi Ashton.

The mum-of-two was found dead at her home in Winton on Saturday evening.

A post mortem found she died as a result of pressure to the neck and multiple injuries.

Michael Cope is wanted for the murder of Linzi Ashton Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Officers have been granted more time to question the 25-year-old man arrested on Monday.

Late on Tuesday night officers arrested two other men, aged 26 and 27. All three remain in custody on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Greater Manchester Police and Crimestoppers, the independent charity, have also announced a £5,000 reward for anyone who has information leading to the arrest and conviction of Michael Cope.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5092 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police release CCTV of murder suspect buying snacks

Detectives looking for Michael Cope have issued CCTV footage of him buying snacks hours before it is believed Linzi Ashton was murdered.

Mother-of-two Linzi was found at her home on Westbourne Road, Winton by relatives shortly before 6pm on Saturday 29 June 2013.

Her ex-partner Michael Cope is being sought in connection with her murder.

The footage released shows Cope buying snacks and drinks from Best One on Liverpool Road, Eccles at about 10.45pm on Friday 28 June 2013.

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