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Man, 29, charged in connection with fatal stabbing of Droylsden woman

Following an investigation by Greater Manchester Police’s (GMP) Major Incident Team (MIT), a man has been charged with murder in connection with the tragic death of Michelle Hodgkinson.

Michelle, aged 51, was stabbed and killed in Droylsden on Friday, June 2 last year.

After a lengthy investigation, Paul Hughes has today (Tuesday 7 May 2024) been charged with murder.

The 29-year-old has been remanded in a secure mental health hospital where he remains under treatment. He will next appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates court on Thursday 6 June 2024.

Detective Inspector Danny Lee of GMP's Major Incident Team said: "We understand this tragedy may have increased the community concerns in relation to knife crime, but we would like to stress this is a very rare type of incident.

"However, at the heart of this incident a loved one has been torn away and our thoughts remain with Michelle’s family, whom we continue to support with specialist officers."

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident and anyone with further information should call 101 quoting log 1353 of 02/06/2023.

Information can be shared anonymously via the independent charity - Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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