UK 'Loving, caring' mum-of-one killed in horror double stabbing last minute news
Melissa Belshaw, 32, suffered 'catastrophic' injuries after being attacked at her home in Wigan
The woman killed in a double stabbing in Wigan was a 'caring and lovely' mum-of-one, her devastated friends and family have said this evening. Melissa Belshaw, 32, suffered 'catastrophic' injuries in an attack at her home on Upholland Road, Billinge, on Wednesday afternoon (May 20). A man in his 40s is in a serious condition in hospital having also been knifed. He is believed to be a heroic neighbour who intervened during the attack. A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. Ms Belshaw's stepmother, Lisa Belshaw, paid tribute to the mum-of-one. She said the beautician would 'do anything' for her teenage daughter. "She was lovely," Ms Belshaw told the Manchester Evening News. "She is going to be so sadly missed. I got a phone call saying a man had gone into her house and stabbed her. I had no idea she had died until I read it on Facebook."
Forensics officer at the scene in Upholland Road, Wigan (Image: ABNM Photography) Close friend Leanne Fairhurst described Ms Belshaw as 'caring and lovely'. "She had a good heart," she added. "She was so outgoing and was always smiling and loved a good time. When we used to go parties, Melissa was always the one trying make everybody laugh."
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Sign up to our free daily newsletter direct to your inbox Ms Fairhurst said she was still in shock at the news of her friend's death. She added: "Someone told me what had happened and I did not believe it so I rang her, but her phone was off. "I just broke down in tears when I found out. I have lost a good friend and I am going to miss her so much."
Police have arrested a man on suspicion of Melissa Belshaw's murder (Image: ABNM Photography) A scene remains in place in Billinge Road while investigation work is carried out. A witness, who has asked not to be named, said he saw two men fighting next to the One Stop shop, near to the junction with Crank Road. He added: “They both fell into the middle of the road. I had to swerve around them. “The man on top looked to be trying to stab the man on the floor with a large knife. By the time I had passed police were at the scene.” Get breaking news first on the free Manchester Evening News app - download it here for your Apple or Android device. You can also get a round-up of the biggest stories sent direct to your inbox every day with the MEN email newsletter - subscribe here. And you can follow us on Facebook here.