Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Man held after 'burglar' death

The scene where a suspected burglar was stabbed to death in Salford, Greater Manchester

A man has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary after the death of a suspected burglar.

Greater Manchester Police said a 23-year-old man from the Hyde area handed himself in just after 7pm at Ashton-under-Lyne police station, where he was arrested.

The man remains in police custody and he will later be interviewed by detectives, police said.

On Friday two people were released without charge by police. Neil Flanagan, 27, and a woman, 21, were held after John Leonard Bennell, 27, from Hyde, was stabbed to death following an attempted raid on a house in Ethel Avenue, Salford.

Peter Flanagan, 59, believed to be Neil's father and the owner of the house, was questioned on suspicion of murder and bailed pending further inquiries.

Mr Bennell died from a stab wound to the chest after a "disturbance" at the house. Four men, wearing dark clothing and balaclavas, tried to smash their way through the back door of the house just before midnight on Wednesday.

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

Police sources have confirmed that Mr Bennell had been arrested in Tamworth, Staffordshire, earlier this month on suspicion of burglary. He was held in custody overnight and then released by Staffordshire Police pending further inquiries.

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