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A man remains in custody after a former Royal Navy officer was run over and killed by his own car, as burglars stole it. Mike Samwell, from Manchester, confronted intruders in his home, then tried to stop them taking his Audi.

CCTV appeal after house burgled in Southport

Merseyside Police are keen to speak to these men after a house was burgled in Southport. Credit: Merseyside Police

Police have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to after a home was burgled in Southport.

The unknown men forced entry to a house on Silverthorne Drive which they searched before leaving on foot.

Police have viewed CCTV from the nearby area and are keen to speak to the men pictured.

Anyone who recognises them is asked to contact Liverpool CID on 0151 777 4060 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Police trying to trace man after Timperley burglary

Police want to trace this man after a burglary in Timperley Credit: GMP

Police have released a mocked-up image of a man they would like to speak to after a burglary in Timperley.

Officers are appealing for information and witnesses after a man smashed the patio doors of property and searched a house during the night of Saturday, December 12. The perpetrator left through the front door and is believed to have made off with various items of jewellery.

The house was empty at the time of the break in but two young men were seen acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the offence. The Efit corresponds to one of these men. We are asking if anyone recognises the man in the image that they contact police to help with our enquiries.

– Detective Constable Amy Coleman, GMP
  • Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 2391 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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.

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