CCTV released of wanted man

Police have released CCTV images of what they believe is a recent sighting of wanted Michael Cope. Cope is suspected of murdering mother-of-three Linzi Ashton.

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CCTV of man wanted over murder of mother-of-three

CCTV footage of what police believe is Michael Cope. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police have released CCTV images of what they believe is a recent sighting of wanted Michael Cope. Cope is suspected of murdering mother-of-three Linzi Ashton.

CCTV footage of what police believe is Michael Cope. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The pictures were filmed in Wigan on Sunday afternoon.

Police have been searching for Cope for three weeks

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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.

Man held on suspicion of assisting murder suspect

Detectives hunting murder a suspect over the killing of a young mother arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of assisting an offender, Greater Manchester Police said.

Police are still searching for 28-year-old Michael Cope and have offered a £5,000 reward to anyone who may be able to help him come forward.

Michael Cope. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police offer £5,000 reward for Michael Cope

Detectives hunting a man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend have offered a £5,000 reward to entice anyone who may be able to help him come forward.

Michael Cope, 28, a "dangerous man", is wanted for the "sustained and vicious" murder of Linzi Ashton, whose body was found at her home in Salford, Greater Manchester on Saturday.

Michael Cope is wanted by Greater Manchester Police

Cope has not been seen since Friday night and police have warned that anyone harbouring him will be prosecuted.

Supt Kevin Mulligan yesterday warned that Cope had a history of violent and aggressive behaviour, saying "he does represent a risk to the community".

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police believe murder suspect Cope is in Salford

Police believe Michael Cope, who is suspected of murdering young mother Linzi Ashton, is still in Salford.

"We believe he is in Salford, although he could be anywhere, but our inquiries at the moment suggest he is in Salford," said Superintendent Kevin Mulligan of Greater Manchester Police.

Linzi Ashton was found dead at her Salford home on Saturday Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

"He is a dangerous man and if anyone sees him out on the streets or anywhere else they need to ring 999."

Cope was seen out in public with Ashton in Salford on Friday night - the evening before her body was discovered.

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Police had been seeking Salford suspect 'since April'

The man suspected of murdering Linzi Ashton was already wanted by police on suspicious of raping her, Greater Manchester Police said.

Police said Michael Cope has a "history of violent behaviour" Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Ashton accused Michael Cope of rape in April and Superintendent Kevin Mulligan said police had been seeking to arrest him since then.

Mother-of-two Ashton, 25, was found dead at her Salford home on Saturday.

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Murder suspect had been reported for serious sexual assault

A man wanted by police in connection with the murder of a mum-of-two from Salford had been reported to the police for a serious sexual assault against her.

Linzi Ashton's body was found at her home in Salford on Saturday night. Police have launched a manhunt for her ex-partner Michael Cope.

Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney, said:

“As previously stated we know that Michael Cope had been in a relationship with Linzi and through that relationship there have been reports to police in respect of allegations made by her.

“This includes a serious sexual offence and an assault that were reported at the end of April and the middle of May respectively.

“I am not going to go into great detail about these offences or our involvement, suffice it to say Michael Cope was wanted in connection with these matters and numerous attempts were made to arrest him.

“Clearly he is now also wanted for murder meaning our involvement in relation to these earlier matters will rightly come under enhanced scrutiny and that is why we have made the referral to the IPCC and why we are also reviewing these matters ourselves.”

Mum died from 'pressure to neck and multiple injuries'

Mother-of-two Linzi Ashton was found dead on Saturday Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A young mother who was murdered in her Salford home on Saturday died as a result of "pressure to the neck and multiple injuries", a post mortem has concluded.

Great Manchester Police said they are seeking Ashton's ex-partner, 28-year-old Michael Cope, in connection with her murder.

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