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Daughter killed and mum seriously injured after double stabbing in Bury

A mum and daughter were subjected to a brutal attack yesterday which left one dead and the other fighting for her life.

Maylyn Couperthwaite, 52, died and mum Audrey Couperthwaite, 80, is in a life threatening condition after the ‘shocking incident’ at Woodward Close, Bury.

Police were called to the bungalow at 4:50pm on Sunday after reports that two disabled women had been stabbed.

They were both taken to hospital where Maylyn later died.

Officers have arrested a 62-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder and he remains in custody for questioning.

It is understood that the two women knew their attacker, although he was not related to them.

Neighbours described hearing a scream coming from the bungalow where the double stabbing took place.

Detective Superintendent Sara Wallwork said: “One of the victims of this shocking incident has now sadly died and we have launched a full murder investigation.

“I know an incident like this can cause a lot of shock within the community but I would like to assure everybody that we have a dedicated team of detectives currently working to investigate the circumstances leading up the stabbing.

“The other victim is currently in hospital undergoing surgery and she remains in a life threatening condition, my thoughts and deepest sympathies remain with these ladies and their loved ones as we investigate what has happened.”

The cul-de-sac was cordoned off and crime scene investigators are at the property collecting evidence.

One neighbour who declined to be named told the Manchester Evening News: “I heard screaming but just thought it was kids messing about at first.

“Then I looked through the curtains and saw four or five police cars screaming onto the road.”

Another resident of Woodward Close, where mostly elderly people live, said: “This is a friendly area and they are nice people. This is something that has come right out of the blue."

Anybody with information should call police on 0161 856 8181 or Crimestoppers anonymously on  0800 555 111.

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