Pensioner charged with murder of Nelson woman

A man has been charged with the murder of Mandy Houghton who was found dead at a house in Nelson.

Thursday, 4th June 2020, 10:17 pm
Updated Friday, 5th June 2020, 7:12 am
Mandy Houghton

Alan Fare (72), of Victory Close, Nelson, was charged following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service and is due to appear at Preston Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning.

Police were called at around 11am on Wednesday to a separate address is Victory Close, Nelson, where Ms Houghton (58) was found unresponsive with head injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A subsequent Home Office post-mortem examination showed she died as a result of head injuries.

Today Ms Houghton’s family paid the following tribute to her: “Mandy was a much-loved mum, sister and grandma. She was a happy soul that wouldn't hurt a fly. She has been taken from us too soon and is going to be deeply missed.”

Det Chief Insp. Gareth Willis, from Lancashire Police's Force Major Investigation Team, said: "Our thoughts remain with Ms Houghton's family and friends at this awful time. They continue to be supported by specially-trained officers.

"A man has now been charged but our investigation is very much ongoing and we continue to ask anybody with information about her death to get in touch."

Anybody with information is asked to contact us on 101, quoting log number 411 of June 3rd.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at