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Salford burglar death: Man held over break-in

A police officer at the house on Ethel Avenue
Image caption A man handed himself in at a police station earlier

A man has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary following an attempted break-in in Salford, in which a burglar was stabbed to death.

John Bennell, 27, of Hyde, was knifed in the chest, at a house in Ethel Avenue, Pendlebury, last Wednesday.

A 23-year-old man, also from Hyde, handed himself in at Ashton-under-Lyne police station at about 1900 BST, Greater Manchester Police said.

He is due to be questioned shortly, a spokesman added.

Householder Peter Flanagan, 59, was arrested on suspicion of Mr Bennell's murder. He has been bailed until 25 July.

Mr Flanagan's 27-year-old son Neil and his son's 21-year-old girlfriend were also arrested but later released without charge.

Victim 'on bail'

Greater Manchester Police were alerted to a break-in at the terraced house just before midnight on Wednesday.

They then received reports of a man with stab wounds being carried along a street, by a gang of men, nearby.

Four masked men had attempted to get into the house before Mr Bennell - who was on police bail over another burglary - was stabbed.

It is believed he was carried away from the scene by the other intruders, before being dumped in nearby Hospital Road.

He was found by police and taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards.

A 30-year-old man from Tameside, who was questioned on suspicion of burglary, was released without charge on Saturday.

A police spokesman said inquiries were ongoing and urged anyone with information to contact the force or Crimestoppers anonymously.

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