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Man held over model's stab murder

Amy Leigh Barnes
Amy Leigh Barnes's family said they would not rest until justice was done

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was stabbed to death in Greater Manchester.

Amy Leigh Barnes, a 19-year-old semi-professional model, was found by police at her home in Moss Street, Farnworth, Bolton, on Saturday morning.

She died later in hospital. A 21-year-old man was arrested in the West Midlands on Saturday night.

In a statement, Ms Barnes's family said she was "a very special person and much loved by all her family and friends".

'Beautiful princess'

The statement said: "We, as a family, are absolutely distraught and destroyed more than words can say.

"Words cannot express the pain we are in. We loved our baby so much, she was our reason for living.

"She was the most beautiful princess.

"We will not rest until justice has been done for our gorgeous daughter."

Ms Barnes, a former pupil of Lords Independent School in Bolton, died in hospital from her injuries.

The teenager, who is listed on the books of the Manchester-based modelling agency Nemesis Casting, reached the finals of the Miss British Isles contest last year.

More than 400 people have joined a Facebook group set up in tribute to her.

One comment posted on the social networking site reads: "For those who didn't know Amy she was one of the most kindest, warm-hearted people... we love you and will miss you."

The arrested man was transferred to Manchester for questioning on Sunday.

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