Woman, 52, found beaten to death as man, 55, fights for his life in hospital and cops launch murder probe

DETECTIVES have launched a murder investigation after a woman died and a man is fighting for his life in hospital after a brutal attack. 

Ishrat Ahmed, 52, was found at an address in Nelson, Lancashire, on Sunday evening with serious head injuries. 

Ishrat Ahmed, 52, was found suffering serious head injuriesCredit: Lancashire Police

Officers were called to the house on Roberts Street to reports of a disturbance, and found Ms Ahmed and a 55-year-old man had been attacked.

Both were rushed to the Royal Preston Hospital, where the man remains in a serious but stable condition. 

Ms Ahmed passed away on Monday evening from her injuries, with officers launching a murder investigation. 

A 58-year-old man was arrested a short time after the incident and remains in custody on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. 

Detective Chief Inspector Al Davies said: “Firstly, our thoughts remain with Mrs Ahmed’s family at this incredibly distressing time.

“We continue to have Family Liaison Officers working with them.

Officers have launched a murder investigation in Nelson

Officers have launched a murder investigation in NelsonCredit: Google Maps

“Given this sad development, our focus has now shifted to a murder investigation and so I am renewing my appeal to anyone with information about what happened or why, to get in touch.

“We know that there has been a lot of discussion and some concern within the community, which has led to some rumour.

“I ask for the sake of Mrs Ahmed’s family, people do not share these comments on social media and instead, if they think they know something, speak to the police.

“We will continue to have extra patrols out and about in the area over the next few days and should anyone have concerns, or information, please approach an officer.

“Again, I would like to thank the community for their co-operation and support during our enquiries so far.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log 1786 of July 4th or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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