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A lodger accused of killing his landlady and her mother has been found hanged in a Manchester prison.
52 year old Barry Morrow, was found in his cell at HMP Manchester on Thursday afternoon.
He was awaiting trial for the murders of 54 year old Angela Holgate, and Alice Huyton, 75, who were found at a house in Southport in December.
Greater Manchester Police said a post-mortem examination was due to take place later.
Morrow was lodging with Angela Holgate, she had been ill and wasn’t seen out of the house for a week before she died.
Her mum became suspicious when she went to visit and she was never seen again.
Police were alerted when Mrs Huyton's son-in-law found their bodies.
Post-mortem examination results showed that Ms Holgate and Mrs Huyton died of asphyxiation.
Morrow had been remanded to HMP Manchester, formerly known as Strangeways, until 19 March when he was due to enter a plea.
GMP said in a statement: “At about 3pm on Thursday, 9 February 2012, police received a report of a man found hanging in a cell at HMP Manchester.
"Officers attended and discovered the body of a 52-year-old man.
"A post-mortem examination will take place later today to establish the cause of death. At this stage there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death."