AN inquest has opened into the death of a grandmother-of-three who is at the centre of a murder investigation.

Debbie Twist died aged 47 at a home on Manchester Road in Leigh on Sunday, March 17.

Police were called by the ambulance service just before 8pm to reports of a woman being stabbed and found Debbie's body.

A hearing has now taken place at Bolton Coroner's Court.

Debbie left behind three children, one son-in-law and three grandchildren.

A message on a crowdfunding page set up by Debbie's family to help pay for her funeral reads: "My mum was the best mum and nana ever.

"She loved her children and grandchildren so much.

"She was the most caring women anyone could have met and she meant the world to me and my family.

"She did everything she could for us all.

"She was the rock of our family and it is so hard to carry on without her.

"We miss our mum so much and just wish she could walk through the door but we know that she won't."

A murder investigation surrounding Debbie's death is ongoing.

A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. He was bailed pending further enquiries.

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

A 25-year-old man was taken to hospital with arm injuries. He has since been released and is recovering at home.

If you have any information about the incident contact police on 0161 856 8797 quoting reference number 1,994 of March 17, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.