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Family pay tribute to murder victim

Written by on June 4, 2020

THE family of a woman found dead in Nelson have today (Thursday, June 4th) paid tribute to her.

Detectives launched a murder investigation after they were called to an address on Victory Close in the town at about 11am on Wednesday (June 3rd)

The sole occupant of the house, Mandy Houghton, 58, was found unresponsive with head injuries and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

 Mandy Houghton

The death is being treated as suspicious and a murder inquiry is underway. A 72-year-old man from Nelson has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

A Home Office Post Mortem examination showed Ms Houghton died as a result of head injuries.

Today Ms Houghton’s family said: “Mandy was a much-loved Mum, sister and grandma.  She was a happy soul that wouldn’t hurt a fly. She has been taken from us too soon and is going to be deeply missed.”

 From left to right – brother Brian, daughter Gemma, sister Susan  (victim Mandy), and daughter Donna.

The man leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Willis, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “My thoughts remain with Mandy’s family and all her loved ones at this time.

“These are tragic circumstances and we are continuing to work hard to establish exactly what has happened.

“While we have made one arrest, I would encourage anyone with information to come forward.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 0411 of June 3.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.