Manchester

Tribute paid to Heaton Park stab victim

Joanne Oliver
Image caption Joanne Oliver died from multiple injuries

The family of a woman who was stabbed in the neck in a Greater Manchester park have paid tribute to her.

Joanne Oliver, 32, was attacked near the Heaton Park Reservoir in Heaton Park, Prestwich, on Friday morning.

A 40-year-old man, who is believed to have been in a relationship with the victim, is being questioned on suspicion of murder.

Her family said she was "a wonderful and caring mother" who leaves behind two sons.

They said in a statement: "Joanne was a wonderful and caring mother to her two sons, a beautiful daughter and loving granddaughter, as well as being a fantastic sister to her three younger brothers.

'Pride and joy'

"She brought so much pride and joy into our lives and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

"We are devastated by the fact that she was taken so tragically from us. Her memory will live with us all forever."

Heaton Park, a 640-acre park about four miles north of Manchester city centre, was closed after the attack but has now reopened.

A post-mortem examination found Ms Oliver died from multiple stab wounds.

Greater Manchester Police said a knife recovered at the scene is being forensically examined.

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