A 51-year-old woman who was stabbed to death in Droylsden, Manchester, on Friday has been named by police as Michelle Hodgkinson.
A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Police have confirmed the man has since been detained under the Mental Health Act.
In tribute to Ms Hodgkinson, her family said: “Everyone who knows Michelle is in utter shock at the attack she endured and how horrific her last moments were.
“Our Shelly B was the most amazing, loving, selfless and funny daughter, mother, mother-in-law, sister, auntie and most recently a nanna. It was a privilege to have been known and loved by her.
“She loved helping people in her community and was known for volunteering as an appropriate adult, her charity work and loved creating hampers to make people smile.
“She would be there for anyone and the day she was taken from us, she was doing just that – walking to meet her mum to take her shopping and to go for a coffee.
“Our family and friends are heartbroken. In one moment our world has crumbled and will never be the same. We will support each other, and we thank and appreciate the love and support shown by our family and friends.
“Please hold your loved ones close, tell them you love them and make memories.
“Words cannot describe how much she will be missed. Our biggest cheerleader, our confidant, our rock – she will never be forgotten. We love you to the moon and back! We’ll do everything we can to get justice. Love you forever and always!”
Greater Manchester Police officers had been called to Edge Lane, Droylsden, at around 12pm on Friday to reports of a stabbing and confirmed that Ms Hodgkinson died at the scene. Her attacker fled the scene but was arrested later on Friday evening.
Chief Superintendent Phil Davies, Tameside’s District Commander, said on Saturday: “Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the victim as well as with the community who have been deeply affected by this incident.
“I understand the nature of the incident will cause concern in our communities, not just in Tameside, but across Greater Manchester.
“As a result, there will be a visible increase of police officers in the area over the coming days and anyone with concerns is encouraged to speak to them.”
Written by: Newsroom