Arrest over Manchester murder

Wanted man Michael Cope has been arrested in Greater Manchester on suspicion of the murder of his ex-girlfriend Linzi Ashton after spending nearly a month on the run from police.

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Police received tip-off over Michael Cope location

Police said they received a call at about 11.55pm yesterday informing them that wanted man Michael Cope was at an address in Larch Road, Leigh.

Detective superintendent Tony Creely said:

Since Linzi was killed nearly a month ago there has been an intensive manhunt to find and arrest her killer safely.

Late last night we received intelligence which led us to an address on Larch Road in Leigh.

Armed officers attended and a 28-year-old man handed himself in to police.

Over recent weeks we have received a very positive response from the public and we thank the people of Salford, Hindley and Leigh for their co-operation and support.

– Tony Creely, Greater Manchester Police

Wanted man Michael Cope hands himself in to police

A wanted man suspected of murdering his ex-girlfriend has handed himself in to armed officers after nearly a month on the run.

Police hunting Michael Cope, 28, were called to an address in Leigh, Greater Manchester, late last night and he was arrested.

Michael Cope was arrested in connection with the murder of Linzi Ashton Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Mother-of-two Linzi Ashton, 25, was found with multiple injuries at her home in Winton, Salford, on 29 June.

Miss Ashton made separate complaints to Greater Manchester Police in April and May that Cope had raped and beaten her.


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