Pictured: Mother, 48, who was found ‘burned to death’ near petrol can in woodland

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A mother who was found ‘burned to death’ near a petrol can in woodland has been pictured for the first time today – as her heartbroken daughter pays tribute to her.  

Julie Ainsley’s body was found in a wooded area off Williams Road in Motson, Manchester, following reports of a person on fire on Saturday evening. 

Police have said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

Following the tragic incident, dozens of heartfelt tributes have been paid to the 48-year-old mother and grandmother.

Ms Aisley’s heartbroken daughter Jade Riley told the Manchester Evening News how her mother was ‘always happy and making people laugh’.

Julie Ainsley's body was found in a wooded area off Williams Road in Motson, Manchester, following reports of a person on fire on Saturday evening. The 48-year-old is pictured

Julie Ainsley’s body was found in a wooded area off Williams Road in Motson, Manchester, following reports of a person on fire on Saturday evening. The 48-year-old is pictured

Emergency services were called to reports of a person on fire shortly after 6pm on Saturday night. Officers are pictured at the scene

Emergency services were called to reports of a person on fire shortly after 6pm on Saturday night. Officers are pictured at the scene

Ms Riley said: ‘She was obviously battling with her issues, but most of the time she made out she was fine. She had five grandchildren and one on the way and she loved her family.’

Her ex-partner Steven Riley told the publication how she had sadly battled with mental health issues for a long time.

‘She was great, she was a mum and a grandma. She lived in Moston all of her life. We still got on really well and I loved her, she was my kid’s mam.

Ms Aisley's heartbroken daughter Jade Riley told the Manchester Evening News how her mum was 'always happy and making people laugh'. Pictured are flowers left at the scene today

Ms Aisley’s heartbroken daughter Jade Riley told the Manchester Evening News how her mum was ‘always happy and making people laugh’. Pictured are flowers left at the scene today

Flowers were left today near the area of woodland where her body was found on Saturday night

Flowers were left today near the area of woodland where her body was found on Saturday night

‘She struggled with her mental health and it had got worse, she just struggled with everyday life.’

Ms Ainsley leaves behind four children and five grandchildren. She also had another grandchild on the way.

Dozens of her friends and family members have flooded social media with tributes for her. Friends and family are also raising money to help pay for Ms Ainsley’s funeral on a Go Fund Me page.

A police cordon was in place in the wooded area on Saturday night as police examined the scene

A police cordon was in place in the wooded area on Saturday night as police examined the scene 

A green petrol can (pictured) was pictured being hauled away by police after the incident

A green petrol can (pictured) was pictured being hauled away by police after the incident 

Emergency services were called to reports of a person on fire shortly after 6pm on Saturday night. 

When they arrived, they discovered the body of a woman. The cause of death and circumstances of the fire are not yet known, but police said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.

A police cordon was in place in the wooded area on Saturday night as police examined the scene.

A police officer wearing gloves and a face mask was pictured carrying a bag containing a green petrol can away from the scene

A police officer wearing gloves and a face mask was pictured carrying a bag containing a green petrol can away from the scene

A green petrol can was pictured being hauled away by officers from Greater Manchester Police and fire investigation teams were in attendance as well as crime scene investigators.

Pictures from the scene showed two police officers holding up a white sheet next to a wooded area.

A spokesperson from GMP said: ‘Police were called around 6.15pm this evening (Saturday 14 November 2020) by the fire service to a report of a fire in a woodland near Williams Road, Moston.

Police arrived at the scene in Moston, Manchester, at 6:15 following reports of a fire and tragically discovered the woman dead. Pictured: A fire engine at the scene

Police arrived at the scene in Moston, Manchester, at 6:15 following reports of a fire and tragically discovered the woman dead. Pictured: A fire engine at the scene

Forensic officers are pictured in Moston after Julie's body was discovered in an area of woodland

 Forensic officers are pictured in Moston after Julie’s body was discovered in an area of woodland

The woman's body was discovered (emergency services pictured at the scene) shortly after locals called 999 to report a person set alight in the area

The woman’s body was discovered (emergency services pictured at the scene) shortly after locals called 999 to report a person set alight in the area

‘Emergency services attended and sadly found the body of a woman.

‘A scene is in place and an investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.’

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire Service said: ‘We were called at 6.01pm to a person on fire in an area of woodland off Williams Road in Moston.

‘Initial enquiries suggest a fire in a woodland area which involved a female casualty.

The woman's cause of death has not been confirmed by police (pictured at the scene last night)

The woman’s cause of death has not been confirmed by police (pictured at the scene last night)

A fire engine was present at the scene yesterday evening - along with at least two police cars (one pictured)

A fire engine was present at the scene yesterday evening – along with at least two police cars (one pictured)

‘Fire investigation, the North West Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Police are all in attendance.’ 

Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on 0161 856 3728 quoting incident number 2346 of 14/11/20.

For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or click here for details. 

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