Friday, June 24, 2011

John Leonard Bennell, 27 Burglar 'knifed to death by homeowner' was on bail for another suspected burglary - 24th June 2011

A burglar stabbed to death after an attempted break-in was on police bail for another burglary, it has emerged.

Earlier this month, John Leonard Bennell, 27, from Hyde, Greater Manchester was arrested in Tamworth, by Staffordshire police on suspicion of burglary.

The development comes after Peter Flanagan, 59, was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday following the incident in Ethel Avenue, Salford. He remains in police custody this morning.

Two other people were also arrested, Neil Flanagan, 27, son of Peter Flanagan, and a woman, 21, but both have been released without charge today.

Mr Bennell died from a stab wound to the chest following a 'disturbance' at the house.

Four men, wearing dark clothing and balaclavas, apparently tried to smash their way through the back door of the terraced house just before midnight on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old woman made a frantic 999 call for police to come to the property.

The victim was then carried away by accomplices as they fled, it is believed.

A second call alerted officers to the victim a short distance from the property and he was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have made an appeal to the public to try to trace his three accomplices.

The incident comes after David Cameron promised stronger support for people protecting their property from burglars. Read More