Man charged in connection with broad daylight murder of 51-year-old woman in Tameside last year

He has been remanded in a secure mental health hospital.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 8th May 2024

A man has been charged in connection with the tragic murder of 51-year-old woman in Tameside last year.

Michelle Hodgkinson had been walking along Edge Lane in the Droylsden area of Tameside on Friday 2 June 2023 when she was approached by a male and stabbed to death in broad daylight.

The 51-year-old had was said to have just been going about her day, and was walking to meet her mum so that she could take her shopping when the horrific incident occurred, and although emergency services rushed to the scene, despite their best efforts, she was pronounced dead a short while later.

Michelle was described as “amazing, loving, selfless, and funny” by her family in an emotional tribute shortly following her passing.

She was a daughter, mother, mother-in-law, sister, auntie, and most recently, a nana.


But now, following a lengthy investigation by Greater Manchester Police’s (GMP) Major Incident Team, a man has been charged with murder in connection with Michelle’s death.

Paul Hughes, 29, was yesterday (Tuesday 7 May) charged with murder, GMP has confirmed, and he has been remanded in a secure mental health hospital, where he remains under treatment.


He will next appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates court on Thursday 6 June.

Commenting on the charging of Mr Hughes, Detective Inspector Danny Lee, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, took a moment to stress to the Greater Manchester public that Michelle’s death is a “very rare type of incident”.

DI Lee explained: “We understand this tragedy may have increased the community concerns in relation to knife crime, but we would like to stress this is a very rare type of incident. However, at the heart of this incident, a loved one has been torn away, and our thoughts remain with Michelle’s family, whom we continue to support with specialist officers.”


Following Mr Hughes’ charging, GMP has also reissued its public appeal for information, and is urging any witnesses to come forward.

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Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 1353 of 02/06/2023, or information can be shared anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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