A suspected burglar was stabbed to death during a break-in at a house in Salford, police said on Thursday.
Greater Manchester Police said the victim was one of a gang of four men, some wearing balaclavas, who were believed to have been trying to break into the house in the Pendlebury area of the city just before midnight on Wednesday.
Officers were alerted to reports of a burglary and as police headed to the scene, they also received reports that a group of men had been seen carrying an injured man into a nearby road.
They discovered the 26-year-old with stab wounds there and he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. [He's been identified as John Bennell]
“The man who has died was one of the persons trying to get into the rear of the address — that’s what we believe at this stage,” Chief Superintendent Kevin Mulligan told reporters.
Police said two men, aged 59 and 27, and a 21-year-old woman had been arrested on suspicion of murder at the address.
The BBC said the arrested trio were the householder, his son and the son’s girlfriend [Who called the coppers while the invasion was in progress]…
On Tuesday, Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to protect homeowners who used force to defend their homes against criminals.
“The public have rightly been outraged by some prosecutions of homeowners defending their property from criminals,” he said.
“So we’ll put beyond doubt that homeowners and small shopkeepers who use reasonable force to defend themselves or their properties will not be prosecuted.”
I would hope that even in a nation self-destructive enough to put the Tories in power there would be public and political support for someone to defend home and family from violent crooks. If the incident is described correctly, this wasn’t some lout trying to pinch a free copy of the DAILY MAIL from a newsie. These thugs broke into the Flanagan home invasion style.
The son’s girlfriend called the coppers; but, they didn’t have the time for a proper roundtable discussion on how much of their personal property should be handed over to these thugs – or whether they should kneel or lay on the floor in the course of whatever assault these gangbangers wished to attempt.
Although we have our own version of the Pacifist Left here in the States – those who would question any right of self-defense – there still are a number of cranky Old Lefties like me whose homes are as well-armed and defended as similar domiciles on the conservative side of town. Get yourself a licensed shotgun for varmint hunting. They work just fine at short range on larger beasts.
UPDATE: Mr. Flanagan finally released – free of charges.