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Linzi Ashton murder: Man arrested in Michael Cope search

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Police searching for the ex-partner of a murdered woman have arrested a man suspected of helping him evade arrest.

Michael Cope, 28, is wanted over the death of Linzi Ashton, 25, whose body was found at her Salford home on Saturday.

A £5,000 reward has been offered and police warned anyone found to be aiding Mr Cope would be prosecuted.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender on Monday night.

CCTV footage has been released of Mr Cope at the Best One convenience store on Liverpool Road, Eccles, the evening before Ms Ashton's body was found.

A post-mortem examination found she died as a result of pressure to the neck and multiple injuries.

Rape allegation

Greater Manchester Police said anyone found to be offering Mr Cope a place to stay could face eviction.

Image caption Michael Cope has not been seen since Friday night when he was out with Ms Ashton, police said

Ch Supt Kevin Mulligan said: "We are continuing to do all we can to trace Michael Cope and urge him once again to hand himself into the police.

"We are also working with our partner agencies to look at evicting anyone who is using their property to offer this man safety."

Ms Ashton was seen out in public with Mr Cope on Friday, police said.

She made an allegation of rape against him in April, and reported an assault by him in May.

Greater Manchester Police has referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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