Manchester women's deaths 'not suspicious'

Scene on Holdgate Close
Image caption Police spent the day stationed outside the house on Holdgate Close

Detectives have released a man they were questioning about the deaths of two women in Manchester after post-mortem tests proved inconclusive.

The bodies of Jean Rothwell, 58, and daughter Rachel, 34, were discovered at the house on Holdgate Close, Hulme, on Tuesday night.

Police are now awaiting the results of toxicology tests and no longer believe there are any suspicious circumstances.

No further action will be taken against the 57-year-old man arrested.

The women were found inside the end terrace property just before 1930 BST on Tuesday.

Neighbours said the mother and daughter had lived with a man at the address for more than 10 years.

The area was sealed off while forensic teams examined the scene and officers carried out inquiries in the area.

However, in a statement on Wednesday night Greater Manchester Police revealed they were no longer treating their deaths as murder.

"A 57-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder but no further action will be taken against him at this time," said a spokesman.

"There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the deaths."

Investigations into the deaths are ongoing.

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