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.
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.
An officer from Greater Manchester Police guards the last confirmed sighting of Linzi Ashton murder suspect Michael Cope.
He was last seen crossing this bridge near The Moorings public house in Boothstown near Worsley.
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.
A man has been charged with assisting an offender in the manhunt for Michael Cope, wanted in connection with the murder of Linzi Ashton.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
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.
Detectives hunting murder suspect Michael Cope have arrested a man on suspicion of assisting an offender.Read the full story ›
Police hunting a murder suspect wanted in connection with the "wicked" killing of a young mother are making door-to-door inquiries.Read the full story ›