Murder suspect arrested

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A MURDER suspect who was sighted in Wigan last week is today in police custody after handing himself in to armed officers.

Michael Cope, who was wanted in connection with the murder of Linzi Ashton, was arrested at an address on Larch Road on suspicion of murder.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a 28-year-old man handed himself in to armed police at the scene.

Det Supt 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.

“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 cooperation and support.”

Mum-of-two Linzi Ashton was found dead at her home in Winton, Greater Manchester last month.