Friday, June 24, 2011

Peter Flanagan and His Son Neil Flanagan Arrested on Suspicion of Murder for PROTECTING their Home and Family Against a Gang - 24th June 2011

Mr Cameron said: ‘My mission is to make sure families can feel safe in their homes. The first duty of government is to protect people.

A father and son were being questioned by detectives last night after a suspected burglar was stabbed to death as he broke into their family home.

The death comes only days after David Cameron vowed to protect the rights of homeowners to defend their property.

Peter Flanagan, 59, and his son Neil, 27, were asleep upstairs when four masked men forced their way in through the back door of their terraced home.

They awoke and confronted the gang and during a violent struggle one balaclava-wearing intruder was stabbed.

His three accomplices helped him as he staggered 200 yards before collapsing.

Alerted by a 999 call from the Flanagan household shortly before midnight on Wednesday, police dashed to the scene to find the intruder lying in the street in a pool of blood.

The 26-year-old suspected burglar, who has not been named, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police returned to the £120,000 two-bedroom Victorian home in Salford and arrested Mr Flanagan, a garage worker, his son, a builder, and Neil’s 21-year-old girlfriend.

They were in custody last night, being questioned by detectives on suspicion of murder. Earlier this week, Mr Cameron said: ‘My mission is to make sure families can feel safe in their homes. The first duty of government is to protect people.

‘We will put beyond doubt that homeowners and small shopkeepers who use reasonable force to defend themselves or their properties will not be prosecuted.’

But Shami Chakrabarti, director of civil rights group Liberty, said: ‘This is a problem not of law but the public understanding of it.

‘Of course people facing intruders can use reasonable force to defend themselves.

‘But saying that “burglars leave their rights at the threshold” is a recipe for vigilante execution and mistaken killings of family members returning home after dark.’ Read More