Lancashire

Murder probe begins after woman found dead in Helmshore

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Image caption Emergency services were called to Sunny Bank Road in Helmshore on Friday night

A woman has been found dead in the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire, prompting police to launch a murder investigation.

The 60-year-old was found with multiple stab wounds at a property in Sunny Bank Road, Helmshore at 22:40 GMT on Friday after concerns were raised for her welfare.

She is believed to be Sadie Hartley, Lancashire Police said. A formal identification is yet to take place.

No arrests have been made.

Ms Hartley was last seen at a conference in Manchester on Thursday and is believed to have returned home, police said.

Det Supt Andy Murphy said: "We have a large team of detectives dedicated to following all lines of enquiry.

"Specialist officers are supporting Sadie's family at this difficult time."

A post-mortem examination is due to take place and a police cordon remains at the scene.

Anyone with information is urged to call Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers.

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