POLICE investigating the murder of a woman who was stabbed to death in Leigh have made two arrests.

Officers were called by the ambulance service shortly before 8pm on Sunday evening to a property on Manchester Road, Leigh.

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

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

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

Police say they are treating the death as an isolated incident and there is not believed to be any threat to the wider community.

Superintendent Jon Chadwick of GMP’s Major Investigations Team said: “We have now made two arrests in connection with this terrible incident.

“We will continue to support the lady’s family at this unimaginably difficult time.

Leigh Journal:

“We’re determined to give them the answers they deserve and we’re appealing for the public’s help to do this.

“Were you in the area at the time of the offence or have any information that can assist us? Don’t hesitate to call officers if so.

“We have two police scenes in place and people in Leigh will notice an increased police presence over the coming days.

“If you have any concerns, or would like to speak to our officers, they will be happy to talk to you.”

One resident said: "You never expect it to happen on your own road. 

"My wife was really worried last night when all the police arrived.

"There were about 10 police vehicles and a crowd of people outside.

"I feel sorry for the person who has died.

"It is shocking as you do not expect this to happen on your own doorstep."

Another neighbour said: "I was out when it happened and got home about 9pm.

"There were police everywhere. Obviously, it is shocking.

"I feel safe though. It is an isolated incident"

Information can be left with police on 0161 856 9908 or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.