A MURDER investigation has begun after a woman was stabbed to death this evening, Sunday.

Police were called by the ambulance service shortly before 8pm to a property on Manchester Road in Leigh.

A woman believed to be in her 40s was found dead at the scene with stab wounds.

Police have made two arrests in connection with the stabbing.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a 37-year-old arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A scene is in place on Manchester Road while a second scene is also in place on York Street, Leigh. 

Police say the incident is an isolated one and there is not believed to be any threat to the wider community.

Superintendent Jon Chadwick of GMP’s Major Investigations Team said: “Our thoughts go out to this lady’s family and friends at this devastating time.

“We understand the concerns that the local community will have and we’d like to reassure them that we have a team of officers working on this case.

“An increased police presence will be noticeable for the coming days in the vicinity of Manchester Road and we’d encourage anyone with concerns to approach officers.

“We are appealing for anyone with information on this crime to come forward to police immediately.”

If you have any information about the incident contact police on 101 or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.