• Woman, 51, named locally as Michelle, stabbed to death yesterday in Tameside
  • Greater Manchester Police today arrested man, 28, on suspicion of her murder

Floral tributes have today been left near to the scene where a 51-year-old old woman was stabbed to death on a canal bridge near Manchester.

And detectives have now 28-year-old man has been arrested by detectives investigating her murder in Tameside yesterday.

It comes after reports came in at around 12pm yesterday that a woman had been stabbed on Edge Lane in Droylsden. Despite best efforts of the emergency services, the victim tragically passed away at the scene.

A murder investigation was immediately launched by GMP's Major Incident Team and enquiries have since secured the arrest of a 28-year-old man last night (3 June 2023) on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody for questioning.

The victim – named locally as Michelle – was heard screaming in pain following the attack.

A pal left a card for the victim. It read: 'Another read: 'RIP my lovely friend Michelle.

'Our birthdays won't be the same without you.

'Thinking of all the family. Can't believe you're gone.

'After knowing you for 45 years.

'Love always your birthday twin Sam xx.'

Another tribute, believed to be from the woman's family, read: 'The brightest flowers for the brightest star in the sky.

'You was (sic) taken too soon from this world.

'You will be loved forever and always.'

A 28-year-old man is being quizzed by police on suspicion of murder following the incident on Edge Lane, near to Ashton Canal, in Droylsden, on Friday.

A forensic tent remained in place on the bridge.

Resident Mallik Sheikh, 46, saw the tragedy unfold. He said: 'I didn't know what had happened at first.

'I then saw the police putting up a cordon so I knew it was serious.

'It was only later I found out the woman had been stabbed. It's frightening that his has happened so close to where I live.'

'At first I thought it was an accident,' he said.

'I saw the police putting up the cordon and only later found what happened.

'It's terrible when something like this happens so near to where you live.'

One woman, who lives nearby said: 'I heard the screams. It's something I'll never forget.

'The police and ambulance arrived fast. It is so sad.'

Chief Superintendent Phil Davies, Tameside's District Commander said: 'Our officers have been working around the clock to identify and arrest the person responsible. We have a man in custody however this is still the early stages of the investigation after a woman's life was tragically taken and we are in the process of piecing together the full circumstances and are keeping an open mind.

'Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the victim as well as with the community who have been deeply affected by this incident. I understand the nature of the incident will cause concern in our communities, not just in Tameside, but across Greater Manchester.

'As a result, there will be a visible increase of police officers in the area over the coming days and anyone with concerns is encouraged to speak to them.

'We are determined to find answers and bring the person responsible to justice. I appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything to come forwards and if you have any information that could assist our investigation – no matter how small it may seem - please share it with the police.'

Police have asked anyone with information, CCTV or video footage regarding this incident or have witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area at around 12pm yesterday, to contact GMP by calling 101 or www.gmp.police.uk quoting log 1353 of 02/06/2023.

They added that information can be shared anonymously via the independent charity - Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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