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Vic woman found dead after home break-in

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A man has been accused of breaking into a home and assaulting a woman before she was found dead in Melbourne's northeast.

Police had been called to the house at Liberty Parade at Heildelberg West about 8pm on Tuesday, with reports of an aggravated burglary.

They believe a man had broken into the home and assaulted the woman, who died at the scene.

Another man, believed to be known to the victim, had entered the home to help and restrained the alleged offender until officers arrived.

The alleged attacker was taken to hospital and remains there under police guard, as homicide detectives try to piece together exactly what happened.

Anyone who has information on the incident has been urged to contact police.

© AAP 2020