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Man ran over by own car confronting thieves trying to steal it

Police in Manchester have launched a murder inquiry after a man was run over by thieves as they stole his car.

Michael Samwell was disturbed by noise in the early hours and went downstairs to investigate. He discovered that someone was trying to steal his high powered Audi. Ashley Derricott reports:

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Man killed by car thieves - more pictures of the scene

A man has died after being run over by car thieves in Manchester.

Police say 35 year old Michael Samwell was run over by his car as it was being stolen from his house in Chorlton.

Greater Manchester Police have launched a murder investigation.

Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication
Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication
Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication
Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication
Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication
Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication
Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

Man dead after being run over by car thieves in Manchester

Road sealed off by police in Chorlton, Manchester Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a former Royal Navy officer killed by burglars who ran him over with his own car.

Mike Samwell, 35, died after going to confront intruders who broke into his home as he slept upstairs with his wife Jessica at 3am on Sunday.

He was found badly injured in a parking area at the rear of the house in the Chorlton area of Manchester and died little more than an hour later in hospital.

His car, a black Audi S3, was found abandoned a short time later on Whitby Avenue, Ladybarn with extensive damage.

My thoughts go out to the Michael’s wife and his family, I cannot comprehend what they must be going through.

“We have now launched a murder investigation and are searching for those responsible.

This is the murder of an innocent man who has merely sought to protect his property from criminals.

“I appeal for anyone with any knowledge of what happened to come forward. I would particularly like to hear from people who were anywhere near Cranbourne Road at around 3am last night or have seen Michael’s car being driven erratically or abandoned shortly afterwards.

“If you know who has done this you must inform the police of what you know.

– Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick
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