The family of a grandmother-of-three who was stabbed to death on Sunday night has paid tribute to her.

Shortly before 8pm, police were called by the ambulance service after a woman had been stabbed at a house on Manchester Road.

Officers attended and found the body of a woman who has since been formally identified as 47-year-old Debbie Twist, from Leigh.

Paying tribute to Debbie, her children Beth, Jordan and Mark said: “Debbie wasn’t just a mum. She was our best friend and a friend to many.

“She was the best nanna to Elise, Myla and Maisie and mother-in-law to Adam.

“She was the much loved sister of Brian, Anne-Marie, Kelly and Sean.

“She was taken from us too soon and under tragic circumstances. She will be missed by everyone.

“We would like to thank everyone for their kind words, cards, condolences and flowers.”

A 39-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody for questioning.

A 37-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed pending further enquiries.