Murder investigation launched after mother-of-three stabbed to death in Rochdale

Saima Riaz, 33. [Image: Handout]

Police have launched a murder investigation after a mother-of-three was found stabbed to death in Rochdale.

The victim has been named locally as Saima Riaz, 33.

She was the sister of Chamman Shah, 21, who drowned in Hollingworth Lake in 2011, which detectives concluded was not a suspicious death.

Police were called to Royal Street in Smallbridge at around 3am on Tuesday 23 April where Ms Riaz was found dead.

She had three young children and worked as a nurse at Royal Oldham Hospital.

Police were called to reports of a stabbing at a house in Smallbridge in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

They have confirmed that a 36-year-old man is in custody and a murder investigation has been launched.

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.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 3400, quoting reference number 183 of April 23. Reports can also be made via Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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