Suspected burglar fails in River Mersey escape bid

River Mersey in Warrington Image copyright Google
Image caption The suspected burglar was arrested after his early hours dip in the River Mersey

A burglary suspect tried to escape from police by swimming across the Mersey.

Cheshire Police received a call at 01:51 BST about a break-in at a house on Bretton Avenue, Warrington.

The suspect was seen heading towards the river before he jumped in and started swimming in a desperate bid to evade officers waiting on both banks.

When the man, 38, climbed back on to dry land, he was arrested on suspicion of burglary and was treated in hospital before being taken into custody.

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Image caption Cheshire Police tweeted about the arrest