Manchester

Heaton Park killing victim named as Joanne Oliver

Scene at Heaton Park
Image caption Officers spent the day at the park examining a number of different areas

A woman who died after being stabbed in the neck in a Greater Manchester park has been named by police.

Joanne Oliver, 32, from Whitefield, was found with fatal knife wounds in Heaton Park, Prestwich, on Friday morning.

Workmen detained an injured man trying to leave the area until police arrived to arrest him on suspicion of murder.

Detectives are waiting to question the 40-year-old, who was believed to be in a relationship with the victim, as he remains in hospital.

Public thanked

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) do not believe it was a random attack.

Ch Supt Jon Rush, Bury divisional commander, said: "I want to reassure members of the public that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack, however, we would still urge anyone with information to get in touch.

Image caption All entrances to the park were closed off to the public while police examined the scene

"We would also like to thank the public for their co-operation with our inquiries."

Although the body is yet to be formally identified, police believe it is Ms Oliver and are in close contact with her family, a force spokesman said.

The 640-acre park, which is about four miles north of Manchester city centre, has now reopened - apart from a small cordoned-off section.

Forensic examinations have been carried out in a number of areas, including the wooded area where Ms Oliver was found and a nearby car park.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were alerted at about 1015 BST by a walker who witnessed an altercation between the pair.

Detectives have praised members of the public who alerted them to the attack.

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