Family 'devastated' after death of Salford mother

A mother who was 'brutally' murdered at her home in Salford was a "popular young woman", Greater Manchester Police said today.

The body of Linzi Ashton, 25, was discovered after police were called to a house in Westbourne Road, in Winton, shortly before 6pm yesterday.

Linzi Ashton, a mother-of-two, was found dead at her home on Westbourne Road, Winton in Salford. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Shenton said: "Linzi was an extremely popular young woman, whose loss will be keenly felt by many, none more so than her two young children.

"Not only will they have to grow up without their mother, they will do so knowing she was taken from them in the most appalling way.

"Her family are obviously absolutely devastated and we have specially trained officers with them and providing whatever support we can at this dreadful time".

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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.