Wednesday 13 December 2017

Wanted man hands himself in to police

A wanted man suspected of murdering his ex-girlfriend has handed himself in to armed officers after nearly a month on the run.

Police hunting Michael Cope, 28, were called to an address in Leigh, Greater Manchester, late last night and he was arrested.


Mother-of-two Linzi Ashton, 25, was found with multiple injuries at her home in Winton, Salford, on June 29.


Miss Ashton made separate complaints to Greater Manchester Police in April and May that Cope had raped and beaten her.



Police received a call at about 11.55pm yesterday that Cope was at the address in Larch Road.


Detective superintendent Tony Creely said: "Since Linzi was killed nearly a month ago there has been an intensive manhunt to find and arrest her killer safely.


"Late last night we received intelligence which led us to an address on Larch Road in Leigh.


"Armed officers attended and a 28-year-old man handed himself into police.


"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."

Press Association

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