A man is in custody after a woman was found dead in Rochdale in the early hours of this morning and a murder investigation has been launched.

The 30 year old women was found stabbed at a house on Royal Street in Smallbridge.

A scene is currently in place at a house on the street and officers will remain in the area for some time.

A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody for questioning.

Formal identification and a Home Office Post Mortem examination are yet to take place.

Detective Superintendent Howard Millington, said: “My deepest condolences and thoughts are with the family and friends of this young woman who has sadly been pronounced dead this morning.

“While we have a man in custody, we are at this stage keeping an open mind surrounding the circumstances of her death and will continue to carry out our enquiries at the scene today.

“I appreciate what alarming news this is to wake up to this morning but I would like to provide some reassurance to people in the area that we have launched a murder investigation and will get to the bottom of what has happened.”


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