TRIBUTES have been paid to a “pleasant, pretty and polite” woman who was brutally raped and murdered.
Three men were arrested over the woman’s horror death in Bury, Greater Manchester, on Thursday.
Police were scrambled to a hospital at around 6.15pm after the woman, 36, tragically passed away.
They then swooped on three addresses in Bury following “multiple enquiries”.
Three men aged 32, 52, and 61 were arrested on suspicion of rape and murder.
One nearby resident, who didn’t wish to be named, said she knew the victim.
She said: “She was a nice lady and used come round asking if she could borrow a phone charger or the wi-fi.
“She was pretty and polite and always very pleasant.
“It’s such a shame what’s happened – she didn’t deserve to die.”
Greater Manchester Police have launched a probe to investigate the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death and have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
A post mortem is due to take place today.
The force has now referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct due to previous police contact.
Detective Superintendent Kate Atton, from GMP’s Bury CID, said: “I have no doubt that the community are shocked and are worried to hear the news about this incident but I would like to reassure them that we have a dedicated team of detectives investigating and following up various lines of enquiry to establish the circumstances around this lady’s death.
“High visibility patrols and local officers will be in the area and available to speak to anyone concerned and we will release more information as soon as we are able to.
“We want to give the lady’s family the answers they deserve as they are understandably devastated at the loss and our thoughts remain with them. We’d ask anyone with information to come forward.
“The team are following up enquiries and have been overnight since the report came into us but anyone who may have any information should contact us – even the smallest bit of information could prove vital.”
Anyone with information can report it online or by using the GMP LiveChat service at www.gmp.police.uk.