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Linzi Ashton murder: Police make Crimewatch appeal

Michael Cope
Michael Cope is thought to be sleeping rough

Police looking for a man wanted in connection with the murder of his ex-partner have made an appeal on TV in a bid to try to find him.

Michael Cope, 28, is wanted over the death of Linzi Ashton, 25, who was found dead at her home in Westbourne Road, Winton, Salford on 29 June.

She died after suffering multiple injuries.

The BBC's Crimewatch programme on Thursday evening featured an appeal to try to trace Mr Cope.

Images taken from CCTV showing him buying food from a shop in Hindley, Wigan, on 14 July also featured in the appeal.

Could be armed

Greater Manchester Police said it was "a priority" to find him and have offered a reward of £25,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Police believe Mr Cope is sleeping rough and have warned people not to approach him as he could be armed.

Linzi Ashton
Linzi Ashton was found dead on 29 June

Det Ch Supt Darren Shenton said: "Since Cope was identified as the prime suspect in this murder, we have appealed for the public's help and while we are grateful to the communities in Salford, Hindley and Leigh for their ongoing cooperation and support, tonight's appeal underlines the importance of Michael Cope being found."

A post-mortem examination found Ms Ashton died as a result of pressure to the neck and multiple injuries.

A man has been charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to Mr Cope's disappearance.

Another man has been charged with assisting an offender, while a third man arrested on the same charge has been bailed pending further inquiries.

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