Tributes paid to murder probe mum

Jo Harrison whose death is being treated as murder
Jo Harrison whose death is being treated as murder

EMOTIONAL tributes have been paid to a tragic young Wigan mum whose death has triggered a murder probe.

Christopher Foley, 23, has now been charged with 20-year-old Jo Harrison’s murder and was due to appear at Wigan magistrates court this morning (Tuesday).

Miss Harrison is thought to have a son not yet one-year-old.

A terraced property on Cameron Place, Worsley Hall, was cordoned off throughout yesterday with police officers stationed outside since Sunday afternoon.

Neighbours told the Evening Post of chaotic scenes when a man came out of the house screaming for help.

Hours later, after the authorities were called, a body was seen being carried out of the house as forensic experts combed the property.

One said: “We knew something terrible had happened, there was a lot of police cars and vans at first.

“And then crime scene officers in the white overalls came later.

“It’s shocking because she was only a young girl herself and she had a little baby.

“I saw him run out and call for help and another man went inside the house from across the road.”

Greater Manchester Police said a 20-year-old woman was taken to Wigan Infirmary on Sunday but died a short time later.

She is believed to have died as a result of a single stab wound to the neck.

Detectives said they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident but asked for any witnesses to come forward.

Another resident said: “There a lot of rumours going around about what happened but the only thing we know for sure is that she has died.

“It’s an absolute tragedy, just awful, and it’s her family and the little one you’ve got to feel for.

“The police have been over there for ages and were there all through the night.”

Detectives reassured residents that a “quick arrest had been made following this woman’s death.”

Supt Wayne Miller of Wigan Police said: “It is always tragic when a young person loses their life suddenly and it is understandable that some people will be concerned.

“We are appealing for witnesses to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

Miss Harrison’s family have issued an emotional tribute to her describing her as “beautiful” and “caring”.

In a statement, they said: “Joanne was a wonderful mum, a beautiful daughter, she was beautiful, chatty, loving, fun, very creative and the most caring young lady anyone could ever ask for.

“You are the sister who always loved me. You have a twinkle in your eyes and your smile would always brighten my day up.”

Friends of Miss Harrison, who has a young son, also took to social media to express their emotions.

Jodie Hilton posted: “Rest in peace JoJo, you’re in a better place.

“You can touch the stars tonight I’ll be watching the sky to see if I can see you one last time. You will never be forgotten.

“My thoughts are with your baby boy and family.”

Sarah Jane Hale said: “Beautiful angel Jo Harrison, rest in peace. You deserved so much more.”