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Billinge stabbing: Andrew Wadsworth charged with murder

Crime scene on Upholland Road
Image caption Melissa Belshaw was attacked at her home on Upholland Road on Wednesday

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a mother who died of "catastrophic injuries" at her home.

Melissa Belshaw was stabbed at her house on Upholland Road in Billinge, near Wigan on Wednesday afternoon.

Andrew Wadsworth, 36, of Cranfield Road, Wigan, appeared before Manchester Magistrates' Court earlier.

He has also been charged with attempted murder, making threats to kill, threatening a person with a knife and assaulting two police officers.

He was remanded into custody to appear at Manchester Crown Court on 26 May.

Ms Belshaw, who has not been formally identified by Greater Manchester Police, was understood to have known Mr Wadsworth.

The 32-year-old's teenage daughter, who witnessed the stabbing and called police, is being supported by specialist officers, a force spokesman said.

He said one of two men who tried to stop the attack on Ms Belshaw remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Supt Chris Bridges added that the men had shown "extreme bravery" in trying to intervene.

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