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Mother and daughter in 'death pact' in Manchester

Scene on Holdgate Close
Image caption Toxicology tests are being carried out on the bodies found at the house in Hulme

A mother and daughter found dead at their home in Manchester may have made a suicide pact, detectives believe.

Police said one line of inquiry was that the pair took their own lives before being discovered at their home in Holdgate Close, Hulme, on Tuesday.

Toxicology tests are currently being carried out on the bodies of Jean Rothwell, 58, and daughter Rachel, 34.

Mrs Rothwell's husband Christopher, 57, was arrested on suspicion of murder. He has since been released without charge.

'Traces of medication'

Manchester Mental Health Trust confirmed the two women were service users and the trust would be carrying out its own internal investigation as a "matter of course".

A police spokesman said: "There were traces of medication found at the scene and a suicide pact is one line of inquiry.

"We did arrest a 57-year-old man, but no further action will be taken against him at this time.

"There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the deaths and we are waiting for the results of the toxicology tests."

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