Linzi Ashton murder: Suspect Michael Cope arrested

Linzi Ashton Linzi Ashton was found dead on 29 June

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of the murder of his ex-girlfriend in Greater Manchester.

Police had been searching for Michael Cope, 28, after Linzi Ashton, 25, was found dead at her home in Westbourne Road, Winton, Salford on 29 June.

The mother of two had multiple injuries and died after pressure to her neck.

Mr Cope, who was the subject of a BBC Crimewatch appeal on Thursday, was arrested at an address on Larch Road in Leigh at around 23:55 BST on Friday.

Police began a manhunt for Mr Cope shortly after Ms Ashton's body was found and a £25,000 reward had been offered for information.

'Co-operation and support'

CCTV was released by police earlier in the week showing Mr Cope buying food in a shop in Wigan.

Officers went to the Leigh property after receiving reports that the wanted man was at the address.

Larch Road in Leigh Michael Cope was arrested at an address on Larch Road in Leigh

He handed himself into armed officers and is now in police custody being questioned.

Det Supt Tony Creely said: "Since Linzi was killed nearly a month ago there has been an intensive manhunt.

"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."

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