JOURNAL readers have taken to social media to express their shock and disgust after a woman was stabbed to death in Leigh.

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.

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."

Immediately after the news, residents took to Facebook to share their sympathies and discuss the issue of knife crime, as this is the second stabbing in the area in less than a month.

James Morley said: "Two murders within two miles of each other in Leigh. Not good.

"My sympathy to those affected"

"Victor Meldrew Greggers, added: "The whole planet is sick/evil. I cannot comprehend or make sense in my mind just what the hell is going on in this day and age.

"Just sorrowful and unjust."

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Claire Lee, said: "This is getting beyond the joke now.

"What is this world coming to thought to everyone involved.

Billy Hilton, added: "Another stabbing in Leigh, oh dear. What has happened to this beautiful town?"

Natalie Gardner said: "What is happening to Leigh? So sad, thoughts are with the family."