Man wanted for murder spotted in Hindley

Michael Cope
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A FUGITIVE wanted for the brutal murder of a young mum has been spotted on CCTV in Wigan.

Detectives have released CCTV images of what they believe is a recent sighting of Michael Cope, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Salford mum-of-three Linzi Ashton last month.

The 28-year-old was spotted at a convenience store on Atherton Road in Hindley where he withdrew money and is seen buying food at about 1.25pm on Sunday.

Police are now appealing for anyone in Wigan who may have seen Cope to come forward.

Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Shenton said: “It has now been almost three weeks since Linzi’s murder, since which officers have been working very hard to find Michael Cope.

“I would now urge the people of Hindley and Wigan to help our investigation if they can; if you have seen the man pictured, please call us.

“I would also ask that people in this area remain vigilant; we believe Cope is familiar with the canal pathways between Salford and Leigh and may have spent time near the canal and waterways in Hindley.

“He may have been sleeping rough and we would urge people to report any suspicious behaviour around outbuildings, sheds or gardens, as well as disused railway lines and open land.”

A reward of £25,000 is on offer to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Cope.

Those with details should ring 0161 856 5092 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

For more details see Friday’s Wigan Evening Post