Mother-of-two, 25, found dead in her home by relatives

– Linzi Ashton was ‘brutally assaulted’ at her home in Winton, Salford
– Detectives are searching for her ex-boyfriend Michael Cope
– Police confirmed she had injuries to her face and head
– Neighbours said police had been called previously over domestic abuse
Greater Manchester Police referred itself to Independent Police Complaints Commission because of the force’s previous involvement with the couple.



Detectives investigating the ‘brutal’ murder of a mother-of-two, who was found dead in her home last night, are hunting her ex-boyfriend.

The body of Linzi Ashton, 25, was discovered at her house in Winton, Salford, by relatives shortly before 6pm yesterday.

Today, Greater Manchester Police announced they want to speak to Michael Cope, who they believe is responsible for her death.

Cope, 28, had been in an ‘acrimonious’ relationship with the barmaid and their turbulent love life had been the subject of previous police contact.

Police confirmed Ms Ashton had visible injuries to her head and face.

It is thought she was last seen alive by a friend in the Eccles area shortly before 2am yesterday.

Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Shenton said the mother-of-two was ‘brutally assaulted’.

He said: ‘It is an early stage of the investigation and I am not going to speculate as to the cause of Linzi’s death. However, I am satisfied that she has been brutally assaulted.

‘This is a fast-moving investigation and I have declared a suspect who I believe responsible for Linzi’s death, a former partner of hers, a local Salford man by the name of Michael Cope.

‘Michael Cope and Linzi had been in a relationship. That relationship has been acrimonious and indeed the subject of reports to the police.

‘A young woman has been brutally murdered. I believe the person responsible is this local man Michael Cope and I need the public’s support to locate and actually provide information which will allow the police to arrest Cope.’

He said a ‘dim view’ would be taken by anyone found to be harbouring Cope.

Neighbours today described their shock at Linzi’s death, with some claiming police had been called to her home previously over domestic abuse incidents.

Greater Manchester Police has referred its previous involvement with the couple to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

One, who didn’t wish to be named, said: ‘It’s just unbelievable really but it seems to be happening all the time.

‘I only knew Linzi from speaking to her in passing and she’s not lived here very long. One of her girls, who was about three, went to the same school as my nephew. I feel so sorry for them and her family.’

Another neighbour added: ‘She was a really nice girl who looked after her kids. She always had a smile on her face and said hello to everyone. It’s a real tragedy.’

Police have today cordoned off part of Westbourne Road as forensic crime scene investigators examine the property.


A number of floral tributes have been left at the cordon.
Three women laid flowers but were too upset to comment, with one of them in tears.

Several more floral tributes and cards were left at the Duke of York pub in Eccles town centre where Ms Ashton worked.

One read: ‘Our Lovely Princess Linzi. Fallen too soon. Forever in our hearts and memories.’

A post-mortem examination has yet to take place, Greater Manchester Police said.
It’s understood Linzi had split from the father of her two young children Daisy and Destiny and started a relationship with another man.

But she had kept in contact with her ex and some neighbours claimed he had been the person to find Linzi’s body before alerting police.

Tributes were paid to Linzi on Twitter. Rhiannon Hopkins tweeted: ‘Rip linzi Ashton, thoughts are with family friends and the two angels she got taken from.’

Jacob Danson wrote: ‘Rip linzi ashton god bless you your daughters and family so heartbreaking x.’

Lee Kaye RIP wrote: ‘Linzi Ashton. Such awful tragic news! Thoughts and Prayers to all her family and friends! Xxx.’

Zoe Kenzitt wrote: ‘R.I.P linzi sad especially so close to home! Thoughts are with your 2 girls daisy&destiny #horribleworld #rip.’

Mr Shenton said Cope was still likely to be in Salford and that his family knew they were looking for him.

He said: ‘Because he is a murder suspect we would advise the public not to approach him and report any sightings to us.

‘We are also keen to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to either Linzi or Michael throughout Saturday.

‘There will continue to be an increased police presence in the area over the coming hours and days, not only to offer reassurance, but to act as a point of contact if you want to discuss anything with us or have any information that may assist this inquiry.’

Anyone with information should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.



Halle Berry Backs California’s Anti-Paparazzi Bill


Halle Berry has been vocal in her anti-paparazzi stand. On Tuesday, June 25, she appeared before the Assembly Committee on Public Safety at the California Capitol to support a bill, which will limit paparazzi from taking photographs of public figures’ children.

At the hearing, Berry told the committee about her 5-year-old daughter Nahla who apparently got scared of the paparazzi’s consistent presence around her. “My daughter doesn’t want to go to school because she knows ‘the men’ are watching for her. They jump out of the bushes and from behind cars and who knows where else, besieging these children just to get a photo,” the “X-Men: Days of Future Past” actress said, as quoted by Associated Press (via CBS News).

The pregnant Berry also shared a story of a paparazzi encounter at LAX in April, in which she blasted the photographers for getting too close to her family. “They were trying to start a fight with my fiance because if they get a photo of that it’s more money,” Berry said, adding that her daughter was terrified of the incident.

“She asked ‘Mommy, are they going to kill us?’ She didn’t get to sleep until 3 A.M. because she can’t get this out of her mind and she doesn’t understand what just happened to her,” the expectant mother continued.

The Assembly Committee on Public Safety later voted in favor of the bill. The bill would include taking children’s photos without the legal guardian’s consent by following their activities or lying in wait in the definition of harassment. People who are convicted will spend between 10 days and a year in jail. Filing civil lawsuits is also possible.

The bill’s author would clarify language of the anti-harassment bill to protect reporters and photographers after receiving opposing opinion from journalism advocates. They are worried about the bill interfering journalists’ job to gather news.


Hitching a lift home, Kate and Wills style: Royal couple (and the bump) catch a ride back to London in their friend’s helicopter

Homeward bound: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and dog Lupo with Simon Oliphant-Hope after landing at Denham, south Buckinghamshire

As hitch-hiking goes, it’s not normally a helicopter that stops to provide the transport.
But then it’s not every day that the passengers getting a lift are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
William, Kate and pet dog Lupo were the recipients of a free ride from a friend flying past their home in North Wales.
He picked them up then, after a 200 mile flight, dropped them off at an aerodrome on the outskirts of London.
Their arrival was photographed by a surprised – and delighted – couple watching light aircraft taking off and landing at Denham in south Bucks.

When the brightly coloured helicopter arrived at the small grass airfield they had no clue to the identities of the VIPs aboard and didn’t initially recognise them.

They said: ‘We had no idea it was the royal couple at the time.
‘We had a look at the photos on our laptop a few days later and realised that it was in fact Prince William and Kate.

‘It’s amazing to think that we saw the royal couple without any crowds around them.

‘They were like any other couple out with their dog – albeit having just been flown in by helicopter.

‘Lupo was very well behaved. Kate let him down on to the grass and he stayed close, although you could see he was excited.’
Denham must be getting used to Royal visitors dropping in.

A week earlier the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall had to make an emergency landing in their helicopter at the airfield.

Charles and Camilla were 15 minutes into their journey to the Hay Festival in Wales from central London when a ‘technical problem’ with the rear rotor blade forced their pilot to divert to the nearest airfield.
The aircraft, understood to be carrying seven people, made an urgent controlled landing – later described as ‘hairy’ – at Denham and the royal couple continued their journey by road.

The orange McDonnell Douglas helicopter carrying William and Kate belongs to Shoreham-based Eastern Atlantic Helicopters, whose managing director Simon Oliphant-Hope is a friend of the couple.

The four-seater is no ordinary aircraft. In 2004 Mr Oliphant Hope used it to circumnavigate the globe in a record time, flying solo around the world in just over 17 days.

The ‘Royal’ flight last month was not on the same scale, the trip taking around 90 minutes – a distinct improvement on a car journey that would take nearer five hours.

Both William and Kate were casually dressed in jeans with her baby bump clear to see as they walked away from the aircraft, which bears an uncanny resemblance to Budgie, the little helicopter in Sarah Ferguson’s children’s book.

Kate carried cocker spaniel Lupo from the helicopter but let him loose to run obediently alongside the couple as they walked across the grass airfield .

The Duke drove off in a Range Rover while Kate, who is due to give birth to their first child next month, left in a separate vehicle.

Mr Oliphant Hope, 49, said: ‘I know the couple and occasionally, when I am routing past North Wales, I give them a lift if it is convenient to all parties.’

Who was behind the controls of the US-registered helicopter is unclear. Mr Oliphant, who in 2009 provided a helicopter for David Cameron to travel to a conference in Harrogate, wasn’t saying.

While he and Anglesey-based RAF search and rescue pilot William sat in the front with Kate, Lupo and a Royal detective in the rear, that model of helicopter can apparently be piloted from both right and left seat.


A Royal source said: ‘The flight wasn’t paid for and the helicopter wasn’t chartered. There was no cost. It was a gift, a lift from a friend.’


Texas teen dies after being impaled on bull horn

Memorials for Miguel Martinez were laid at the feet of the bull statue on which he was impaled

A US teenager has died after being impaled by the horn of a bull statue on a Texas university campus.

Miguel Martinez was fatally wounded in the chest before dawn on Saturday morning in a park near the National Ranching Heritage Center, at Texas Tech University in the city of Lubbock.

He is believed to have tripped while playing hide-and-seek with four other children. They were accompanied by two adults at the time.

Police are investigating the death.

The boy’s mother, Judith Leseberg, told CBS affiliate KCBD: “He just happened to trip over one of the lights. I guess he lost his balance and he went straight down on one of the horns.”

“It’s hard for all of us. No mother expects this to happen to their child.”

The university said it would review its policies, practices and facilities to determine if any changes needed to be made to prevent a reoccurrence of such an incident.

Demi Lovato Announces New Single ‘Made in the USA’


Demi Lovato has announced that “Made in the USA” will be her second single off her latest album, “Demi”. The 20-year-old singer has also unveiled a cover art for the single. In the monochrome picture, she’s seen smiling while biting the collar of her black leather jacket. According to Billboard, the follow-up to “Heart Attack” will debut on Top 40 radio on June 27.

Lovato revealed that a lyric video for the patriotic love song would be released on Wednesday, June 26. She also said that a music video was on the way with her making a directorial debut in it. She hasn’t set specific release date for the music video, but fans expect it to drop sometime in July.

This single’s release comes on the heels of sad news for the Lovato family. On Saturday, Lovato’s estranged biological father, Patrick Lovato, passed away after reportedly battling cancer for years.

On Sunday, June 23, she took to Twitter to thank fans for their support. She wrote, “I feel so humbled to have had so much support from my fans, friends, family and complete strangers.. God bless you all, thank you so much.”

Demi will next be seen on “Good Morning America” on Thursday, June 27. On the next day, she will return to perform at the show’s Summer Concert Series. She will also appear alongside The Roots and John Mayer to highlight VH1’s Philly 4th of July Jam on Independence Day.


18 Seria A clubs raided by italian police


Juventus, Inter and AC Milan are among the 18 top division teams – and 41 sides across the country – that are part of an investigation into money laundering
Italian football has been rocked by yet another scandal as the offices of 41 clubs across Serie A, Serie B and Lega Pro were raided by the Guarda di Finanza on Tuesday morning.

The police raids are part of an investigation into a number of illegal activities including money laundering and tax evasion.

The Italian law enforcement agency seized papers related to contracts between clubs, players and agents at Juventus, Napoli, AC Milan, Inter, Lazio and Roma among other teams.

Out of 20 Serie A clubs, only Bologna and Cagliari escaped the prosecutor of Naples’ quest into possible criminal conspiracy, international tax evasion, invoicing falsification and money laundering.

Additionally, the finance police has confirmed that 12 player agents are part of the investigation.

The Naples prosecutor revealed that several foreign teams are part of the probe, too, but refused to disclose the names of any non-Italian clubs.

Fenerbahce & Besiktas banned from europe


The Europa League semi-finalists have been slapped with a two-year ban from continental competition, while the Black Eagles are excluded from next season’s Europa League
Uefa has banned Fenerbahce from competing in European competition for two seasons and Besiktas for a season, the governing body confirmed on Tuesday,

Both Istanbul giants were embroiled in a match-fixing scandal at the tail-end of the 2010-11 campaign which saw Aykut Kocaman’s side’s miraculous run to the Super Lig title subject to suspicion.

Besiktas, meanwhile, won the Turkish cup that year on penalties against Istanbul BB, but they soon gave back the trophy when the investigation was announced.

A statement released on Uefa’s official website read: “The Uefa Control and Disciplinary Body (CDB) today announced its decisions following the disciplinary proceedings relating to Fenerbahce SK (Turkey), Besiktas JK (Turkey), and FC Steaua Bucuresti (Romania).

The CDB carefully analysed the situation of both Fenerbahçe SK and Beşiktaş JK and has pronounced the following sanctions:

• Besiktas JK is not eligible to participate in the 2013/14 Uefa Europa League.

• Fenerbahce SK is excluded from participating in the next three Uefa club competitions for which it would qualify, including the 2013/14 Uefa Champions League season. The ban for the third season is deferred for a probationary period of five years.”

Steaua Bucharest have also been handed a one-year suspension from competing in Uefa competitions, though this has been deferred for five years.

Fener had been due to compete in the Champions League this term after finishing second in the league, with Besiktas coming third.

However, Uefa has exercised its right to ban Fenerbahce for two years, with a further campaign suspended, while Besiktas are to miss one year of continental football.

The Black Eagles also missed the Europa League last term after failing to meet financial requirements.

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The Spanish giants have announced on their official website that the Italian will be their new head coach for the next three seasons
Real Madrid have confirmed Carlo Ancelotti will leave Paris Saint-Germain to take over at the club following the exit of Jose Mourinho earlier this summer.

The Italian coach has signed a three-year deal and will be presented on Wednesday to reporters and the general public.

Madrid immediately made Ancelotti their primary target following Mourinho’s departure to Chelsea, but PSG initially refused to let go of the 54-year-old.

However, they have now opted to allow Ancelotti to move on after appointing Laurent Blanc as their new head coach.

“Real Madrid will present Carlo Ancelotti as the new coach of the first team for the next three seasons on Wednesday June 26,” a statement on the club’s website reads.

“The event will take place in the Santiago Bernabeu Royal Box at 13:00CET. Carlo Ancelotti will then appear before the media in the press room.”

Ancelotti had been in charge of PSG since December 2011 and guided them to only their third Ligue 1 title in history this term and the first in 19 years.

He previously enjoyed success with Chelsea and AC Milan, while also coaching Juventus, Parma and Reggiana in the early stages of his career.