Man charged with murder of stolen labradoodle’s owner

A person has been charged with the homicide of Donald “Prentice” Endurance after a thief stole a labradoodle from a house in Bury on Tuesday.

Ian Gary Connell, 39, of Bolton, will seem at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court docket on Saturday over the incident.

Larger Manchester Police mentioned officers have been referred to as to experiences of a housebreaking at a property in Ainsworth Highway, Radcliffe, at about 10.30am on Aug 22 the place they discovered the physique of Mr Endurance, 45.

The pressure mentioned it has now been established Mr Endurance “had been lifeless for a number of days” though his reason for loss of life continues to be being investigated.

Two different males, aged 27 and 41, have been arrested on suspicion of homicide however have been bailed pending additional inquiries.

Mr Endurance’s family members described him as “a much-loved son, brother and father” who “shall be sorely missed by many”.

The suspected canine thief is believed to have taken the labradoodle to a grooming salon “for a haircut” moments after the proprietor was killed in a housebreaking gone improper.

Mick Hewitson, 58, who runs the Canine Store which is round 160 toes away from the scene of the crime, mentioned: “I had solely simply opened up and this younger man got here in and requested me if I might do his canine for him, reduce his hair.

“The canine was an off-white labradoodle. I’d by no means seen the person earlier than however he appeared calm.

“He advised me his boss had gone to Scotland and he needed to get the canine’s hair reduce whereas he was away.

“I’ve obtained a sore shoulder and the canine was a giant factor so I advised him I couldn’t do it in the mean time.

“Most likely about half-hour later I regarded exterior and that very same man was being arrested and the police have been taking care of the identical canine.”

The labradoodle is now being sorted by the related authority, police mentioned.

Mr Endurance’s ex-wife, Kirsty Leigh Banks, paid tribute to her former accomplice describing him as “a tremendous father who adored his youngsters”.

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