Salford Raider May Have Wanted Bingo Winnings
There are been a lot of concern over the safety of bingo goers who are travelling home alone after attending a bingo hall, which has been heightened recently after a woman in her sixties was attacked after leaving a bingo hall. The thug who attacked her had been after her £140 bingo winnings and officials warned other bingo goers to be extra vigilant when leaving bingo halls and to travel home in pairs or get a lift.
However, it seems that bingo winners may not even be safe when in their own homes after reports revealed that a recent incident in Salford involving an attempted burglary may have been the result of the burglar targeting a bingo jackpot winner. The incident occurred recently, where a burglar who tried to break into a family home in the area received fatal stab wounds.
The masked burglar was actually with three accomplices when he entered the property in Pendlebury, Salford. It is reported that he believed that a bingo jackpot winner lived in the area and was targeting the winnings. The intruder, John Bennell, died as a result of the stab wounds that he received when he and his accomplices broke into the family home.
The fifty nine year old owner of the home, Peter Flanagan, was freed pending further enquiries after initially being arrested on suspicion of murder. Whilst authorities are still looking into the motives for the attempted robbery it is thought that a strong possible reason was that the gang believed that there was a bingo jackpot winner around the area and was determined to get their hands on the winnings. It is claimed that they messed up and broke into the wrong home.
It has also been revealed that the deceased was already on bail for another burglary at the time of this latest break in. The first burglary had been carried out in Tamworth in Staffordshire, and the homeowner that had been targeted was said to be a professional gambler.
The actual bingo winner that the gang were targeting when they broke into Flanagan’s home has been contacted by police but has asked to remain anonymous. The winner said the police had been in contact and had said not to worry. However, the winner added that it was still a frightening thought to know that someone had been targeting the winner to get the money.
Police have confirmed that they are now looking into whether the bingo winner’s house was the intended target of the gang, particularly given that the last burglary was also the home of someone that would have had money that was made through gambling. In the meantime, Garry Bennell, who is the estranged father of the deceased and apologized for his son’s actions.
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