Crime: Man charged with murder of woman in Oldham

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman in Oldham. 

Stephen Booth, 63, of Churchfields, Audenshaw has today been charged with the murder of a 62-year-old woman from Shaw, Oldham.

He has been remanded in custody pending a court appearance today at Manchester Crown Court.

At around 8:50pm on Sunday, Greater Manchester Police were called to reports of a concern for the welfare of a woman on Hillside Avenue in Shaw, Oldham.

A statement read: “Emergency services attended and found a woman outside of a property with serious injuries.

“She was taken to hospital, where despite the best work of medical staff, she was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.”

It’s not yet known whether the victim knew the man being held in police custody.

A neighbour told the Manchester Evening News: “At about 9pm two police cars with the blue lights on came racing up. Probably five minutes later police transit vans and the armed police and ambulance turned up.

“There were eight armed police at the front of the house. They were shouting: ‘Armed police, come out with your hands up.’

“A female was brought out on a stretcher. She was in the ambulance for about 20 minutes before it went. One of the police officers went to a house over the road and got some blankets.

“I didn’t see him being arrested. Quite a few neighbours were out in the street. One of the officers told everyone to go back inside.

“Then they put up the CSI tent and there was activity until about 3am.”

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Wilkinson, of GMP’s Major Investigation Team, said on Sunday: “A woman has sadly lost her life tonight and our thoughts remains with her family at this incredibly difficult time.

“This is understandably a distressing incident for local residents, and I would like to reassure the community that although we currently have a man in custody, our investigation is very much still on going and officers at the scene are following all available lines of enquiry to establish the full circumstances surrounding this woman’s tragic death.

“If anyone has any information at all that can help us with our investigation, please get in touch as soon as possible. Even the smallest piece of information could be vital in helping us to complete our enquiries.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9908 quoting incident number 2963 of 04/05/21.

Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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