Inquest opened after Halifax-born woman 'stabbed multiple times' in Blackpool's Grange Park

An inquest has been opened into the death of a 49-year-old woman found stabbed in Grange Park.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 11:08 am
Updated Thursday, 15th April 2021, 11:10 am

Simone Ambler, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene at a property on Dinmore Avenue at around 9.30pm on March 29.

At Blackpool town hall, coroner Alan Wilson said: "The police had been called and emergency services had also been contacted with a report of a suspected stabbing incident, and on arrival at the scene the evidence was consistent with such an incident having taken place.

"The deceased, Simone Ambler, was confirmed dead at that point."

Police were called to a report of a stabbing at a home in Dinmore Avenue.
Police were called to a report of a stabbing at a home in Dinmore Avenue.

A post-mortem was carried out by home office pathologist Dr Alison Armor, who reported that Ms Ambler, who was born in Halifax, had died of multiple stab wounds.

Donald Payne, 62, of Dinmore Avenue, was arrested and charged with murder. He appeared in court on March 31.

Opening an inquest and suspending it until a date to be arranged, Mr Wilson said: "The court has been notified that criminal proceedings have been instigated in this matter and are ongoing.

"I therefore have given consideration to whether our investigation ought to be suspended at the moment, pending these criminal proceedings. That would be the usual course.

"When the proceedings are concluded the court will review whether there is a need to hold an inquest or not."

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