A man arrested on suspicion of murder in Farnworth has been detained under the Mental Health Act.
At around 8.10am on Wednesday police were called by the ambulance service to a house on Ramsay Avenue in Farnworth.
Officers attended and sadly found the body of a woman – believed to be in her 80s.
The woman is due to be formally identified today.
An 88-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and has since been detained under the Mental Health Act following assessments by specialist medical staff.
Enquiries are ongoing and officers are continuing to support the woman’s family at this devastating time.