Tributes have been paid to a ‘charming’ and ‘lovely’ woman found dead at her home in Wigan.
The body of Sarah Fleming, 48, was discovered at a flat in Mesnes Road, Swinley, on Thursday night.
A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder and is currently being quizzed by detectives.
On Friday, neighbours expressed their shock at the news and paid tribute to Ms Fleming.
Kulvir Singh, the owner of Spar in Mesnes Road, led the tributes.
He described Ms Fleming as ‘a charming lady’, adding: “She was a regular customer for years.
“She came in the shop a lot and was always smiling.
“I am really shocked. I could not believe it when I found out.
“When I came to the shop this morning, there was one police van and one car outside the house. I wondered why they were there.”
Another neighbour described Ms Fleming as a ‘pleasant, positive young woman’.
She added: “It’s a terrible shock. She was lovely. We used to wave at each other when we were doing the NHS clap.”
An employee at Charisma Hair, which is situated below the flat, said she had known Ms Fleming for several years.
The woman, who asked not to be named, added: “She was a nice woman, I’ve known her a long time.
“I came to work at 8.45am this morning and everywhere was cordoned off. I knew something awful would have happened.
“I can’t believe it, I’m devastated.”
Police received a call reporting concern for the woman’s welfare at about 11pm on Thursday night.
However when they arrived they found her already dead.
A police car remained parked outside the property, near to the junction with Chelmsford Mews, on Friday morning.
Detective Inspector Neil Lawless, of GMP’s Wigan CID, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the woman who was sadly found deceased at her home overnight.
“Our investigation is in its very early stages and while we have one man in custody on suspicion of murder in relation to this incident, it is important we continue to approach this investigation with an open-mind at this time.
“We are still working to establish how the woman passed away and are keen to hear from anyone who may have information that can support our enquires; any information, no matter how small it may seem, could prove to be significant.”