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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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.