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Man dubbed the 'Worm Burglar' jailed for four years

Leigh Cassidy stole £7,000 from raiding pub game machines. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man dubbed the 'Worm Burglar' has been jailed for four and a half years.

Leigh Cassidy, 47, earned his nickname by crawling on the floor to avoid alarm sensors.

He targeted pubs across Greater Manchester, including Stockport, Chorlton and Levenshulme between March and May 2014.

He pleaded guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing and was sentenced today at Minshull Street Crown Court. He was also sentenced for a burglary at a pub in Derbyshire.

In total, he stole around £7,000 from the owners and caused thousands of pounds in damage to pub buildings and machines.

On each occasion, Cassidy broke into the pub and in an effort to avoid the alarm sensors, he crawled through the pub on his front until he got to his target – hence his nickname, the ‘Worm Burglar’

– Detective Constable Adele Coulter

Watch the 'Worm Burglar' in action below:

Rolex watches stolen from Hatton's home worth £28,000

Police are still appealing for information after Ricky Hatton's house was burgled Credit: PA

Police are still hunting for the offenders who broke into the house of boxing legend Ricky Hatton and made off with a large amount of cash as well as two Rolex watches worth £28,000.

Sometime between Friday 30th January and Monday 2nd February 2015 an unknown number of offenders broke into the former world champion boxer’s home in Hyde and ransacked the property.

They broke several windows before tearing the house apart looking for valuables.

The offenders caused substantial damage to the house before stealing the watches and a large amount of 500 euro notes.

This Rolex Yatchmaster is a watch simillar to one of those stolen during the break in Credit: GMP

These were some valuable and quite distinctive timepieces and we hope that this will assist us in tracking these items and the offenders down.

One was a gold Rolex Yachtmaster worth £20,000, while the other was a stainless steel Rolex Explorer worth £8,000.

– Marc Baker, Detective Constable

A 37-year-old woman has since been arrested on suspicion of burglary and bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9389 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.


Burglar steals puppy to sell it

Sniff the puppy was stolen in a burglary Credit: Lancashire Police

A burglar is trying to sell a puppy, which was stolen in Oswaldtwistle.

13-week-old Sniff was all that was taken during a break-in at a house on Union Road last Saturday.

The dog's owners were asleep when the burglar took the pup at 1.50am. He carried it away down the road.

Police believe the thief has since attempted to sell the puppy to "a number of people".

Sniff, who is black and white, was wearing a lilac collar with several bone-shaped metal pendants.

Police want to speak to this man, spotted on CCTV Credit: Lancashire Police

Detectives believe the burglar was in a nearby takeaway before the crime. They think he got into a taxi behind an Aldi supermarket.

Officers have released CCTV footage of a man they want to find.

PC Mark Nutter said: “We believe the person responsible for taking Sniff has tried to sell the puppy. I would appeal to anybody that has been offered Sniff for sale or knows where she is to contact police."

Figures not 'accurate' reflection of Chorlton, says Lloyd

The Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, has said a report which names Chorlton-cum-Hardy as the UK's most burgled postcode, is not an accurate description of the Manchester suburb.

He said burglary is a major issue for Greater Manchester Police, not just in Chorlton, but in the entire area.


Distraction burglars steal "very personal" jewellery

Police say "very personal" items were stolen Credit: PA

Detectives are trawling CCTV footage, after a gang of burglars raided a couple's home in Bromborough by distracting them at their front door.

A man rang their door bell on Saturday evening and asked to see the homeowner's wife. As soon as she appeared, the caller vanished.

The couple soon realised the man was part of a burglary gang, as someone had forced their way into the back of the house while they were occupied at the front.

Money and what police describe as "very personal" jewellery were stolen, including a pendant in the shape of the Koran attached to a gold chain; a gold ring with a single ruby; a gold charm bracelet with more than 20 charms; and a gold pendant with Arabic writing on it.

Officers say the burglar at the door was white, in his late 20s, 5ft 11in, and slim. He was wearing a black baseball cap with a blue rim.

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Elderly women "extremely shaken" after cash burglary

Two women in their 80s have been left "extremely shaken" after a man stole a significant amount of cash, Merseyside Police say.

Detectives are appealing for information following the confrontational burglary at an address on Tintagel Road in Croxteth on Friday afternoon.

I'd ask anyone who maybe saw men in the area acting suspiciously, to get in contact.

Any information, no matter how small could be vital in tracing the offenders and bringing them to justice.

If you know who may be responsible for the incident, I'd ask you to think how you would feel if this was your mum or grandmother - any information you may have can help us catch these callous people.

– Detective Sergeant Steve Reardon, Merseyside Police

The man is thought to have entered the house uninvited claiming to be there to fix a pipe because of a burst.

Officers say the victims were uninjured but left upset by the incident.

The offender is described as being in his 30s with dark hair.

He was wearing a navy blue anorak and blue trousers and is not thought to have had a Liverpool accent.

Anyone with information should contact St Anne Street CID on 0151 777 4035 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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