POLICE searching for wanted man John Cowley have found a body.

Officers say that after 11:30am today they found a body in a lake off Moody Lane in Mawdesley.

Formal identification is yet to take place, but sadly it is believed to be that of Mr Cowley, 63.

Police had been looking for him in connection with an attempted murder.

Police were called by the Ambulance Service around 5.45pm on Wednesday October 10th to reports a woman was being treated for stab injuries.

Officers attended an address on Moody Lane and a 50-year-old woman was found with several wounds to her abdomen area. She was taken to hospital by air ambulance where she was treated for serious injuries. She has since been discharged.

A Home Office post mortem examination will now be carried out to try to establish the cause of Mr Cowley’s death which is currently being treated as unexplained.

His family have been made aware of developments.